The City is asking for the public’s feedback on potential ward boundary adjustments.
In 2010, the official US Census showed 74,907 people living inside of Medford city limits. As of 2020, there are now 85,824 residents within the city.
Every ten years, the Medford City Council examines the population of City Council wards, based on the results from the U.S. Census. Data from the 2020 Census has been released and the City has created potential ward boundary adjustments to balance populations across wards and reflect the population change.
This process determines which neighborhoods and areas of the City are grouped together into a ward, for the purposes of electing City Councilors that represent each ward.
Updating ward boundaries is based solely on population in the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) according to the 2020 Census. The UGB contains land that is within the City’s boundary, as well as land that can be annexed into the City.
The proposed ward boundaries distribute roughly 25 percent of the total population into each of the four wards. The proposed boundaries also attempt to align with major geographic features such as I-5 and major City streets.
Here is the LINK to the City of Medford survey on the proposed boundary changes.
The City Council will review public feedback on the proposed ward boundary changes during a public hearing at the May 19 City Council meeting.
Courtesy of the City of Medford