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Ashland, Oregon

Ashland is a city located in Jackson County, Oregon. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 19,522. The city is the home of Southern Oregon University[?], and the world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Geography Ashland is located at 42°11'29" North, 122°42'3" West (42.191396, -122.700752)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.8 km² (6.5 mi²). 16.8 km² (6.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 19,522 people, 8,537 households, and 4,481 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,159.6/km² (3,003.1/mi²). There are 9,050 housing units at an average density of 537.6/km² (1,392.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.55% White, 0.60% African American, 1.02% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. 3.56% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,537 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% are married couples living together, 11.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.5% are non-families. 33.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.14 and the average family size is 2.72.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 17.5% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $32,670, and the median income for a family is $49,647. Males have a median income of $36,825 versus $30,632 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,292. 19.6% of the population and 12.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 22.0% are under the age of 18 and 8.5% are 65 or older.

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