The folks at WalletHub have taken national data, categorized it into four broad areas: Socio-demographic, housing, economic, and educational rankings.
The consumer and business research firm then ranked Metropolitan Statistical Areas according to how close they matched up against the overall national figures.
Medford isn’t exactly a mirror image of America, ranking 238 out of 366 MSAs. Our socio-economic level is a bit farther off the national mark at No. 253. We’re closest when it comes to housing at No. 84, and nearly in Pluto’s orbit when it comes to economic status at No. 349. Medford is No. 189 when it comes to education.
When it comes to matching up nationally in gender characteristics, Albuquerque, N.M, tops the list, followed by Tucson, Ariz. Eugene is No. 4.
When it comes to tenure in a residence, Las Cruces, N.M., tops the list, followed by Springfield, Mo., Great Falls. Mont., and Bend.
There are two universities with both land and sea grant status in the country — Texas A&M and Oregon State. Coincidentally, College Station, Texas, and Corvallis are among the five communities farthest from the nation’s wealth gap reference point. Although it’s not exactly clear what that means, it appears to be a good thing.
A look at the DC-10 air tankers flying out of the Medford airport this summer.