Talent, Oregon

Talent Oregon is a charming, growing town nestled into the Bear Creek Valley of Southern Oregon. Talent is along Interstate 5 which connects San Diego California and Tijuana Mexico to British Columbia. Talent is just off I-5 Exit 21, between Ashland Oregon and Medford Oregon. Medford is the largest Oregon city south of Eugene, Oregon and the “capital” of Southern Oregon Commerce.

Talent Real Estate values in Talent increased dramatically until the real estate meltdown of 2008-2009 knocked prices back considerably. Ashland Oregon Real Estate prices suffered as well but remain considerably higher than Talent, which in turn is more expensive than Medford. Rural Talent and Ashland are sometimes featured among America’s best places to live and retire in national publications.

Here are some posts about some of my own real estate adventures here in lovely Talent Oregon.

For regional travel information and to order a free vacation guide click here. For State of Oregon guides and information go here.

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Location in Oregon

Coordinates: 42°14′24″N, 122°46′56″W
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Elevation 498.35 m (1,635 ft)
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Website: http://www.cityoftalent.org

Talent is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 5,589 at the 2000 census.


Talent, Oregon has a total area of 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²), all land.Talent is in the southern end of the Rogue River Valley, against the Siskiyou Mountains.


As of the US census of 2000, there were 5,589 people, 2,324 households, and 1,426 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,712.6/km² (4,433.6/mi²). There were 2,420 housing units at an average density of 741.6/km² (1,919.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.30% White, 0.54% African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 7.91% from other races, and 2.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.40% of the population.

There were 2,324 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

2000 Census Population Statistics for Talent, Oregon
26.0% under the age of 18.
11.2% from 18 to 24,
27.3% from 25 to 44,
18.5% from 45 to 64, and
17.0% were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,063, and the median income for a family was $33,333. Males had a median income of $24,781 versus $21,213 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,271. About 12.4% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

I’m surprised how few Flickr Photos there tagged with “Talent, Oregon” and I should post some better ones. For example Bangkok Benny now has a beautiful new restaurant in the middle of town and Talent has a beautifully and historically resurrected Train Depot building with a spectacular new public library on the way. The difference in Talent’s look and feel over the 17 years we have lived here is very dramatic and in almost all respects positive.

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Talent Oregon is located in Jackson County, Oregon.

More about Oregon Destinations is coming soon at the new blog, which will feature stories and travel tips for the Oregon Coast – whoops, I mean the People’s Coast

14 thoughts on “Talent, Oregon

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  2. how’s the market condition in Talent, Oregon? I thought many markets in Oregon like medford, Portland have alread peaked…

  3. The market here is down quite a bit since last year – I think prices are down about 25% though the statistics like Zillow seem to suggest less of a decline. I think actual “sales” may not fully reflect the problems because homes are on sale for much longer and I think people who might have sold are holding on for spring. My prediction is that spring will bump up prices about 15% but that we won’t see the high prices of spring of 2006 for several years.

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  11. This seems like a good time to invest in real estate. I am just learning about real estate investing now and wondering if Oregon is a good market for investments.

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