Southern Region, OR
Based on recent LandWatch data, the Southern region of Oregon ranks third in the state for its combined acreage currently for sale. Internal data from LandWatch records $2.7 billion of land for sale in Southern region . With thousands of properties and rural land for sale in the area, these land listings comprise a total of 150,447 acres of rural land and property for sale. The average price of land and ranches for sale here is $433,177.
Oregon's Southern region is located in the southwestern corner of the state, bordering California to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Medford is the largest city in the region, with other important cities being Grants Pass, Roseburg, Klamath Falls and Ashland. The South Coast of Oregon is in the region and is distinct from the North Coast and Central Coast because it is more mountainous, with much of the coastline made up of sea cliffs and miles of beaches. Cape Blanco is in this region, the westernmost point in Oregon. Much of the inland area of the region is forested, with species that change further south down the coast.
As with the rest of the Oregon Coast, it is a top tourist destination. The economy is also dependent on natural resources, specifically timber and fishing. In the rest of the region, healthcare is a top industry, with wood product manufacturing also being a top employer. Medford is a retirement destination, so assisted living and senior services have become an important part of the economy. Agriculture is also a large industry, with one of the largest direct marketer of fruits and food gifts in the U.S. based in Medford, the largest employer in Southern Oregon, with 1,700 year-round and nearly 7,000 seasonal employees. The ninth largest auto retailer in the U.S. is also headquartered in Medford. A large number of wineries and vineyards are located in the region, the heart of Oregon's expanding wine industry. Higher education institutions in the region include Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Rogue Community College, with locations in Grants Pass and Medford, Umpqua Community College.
There are a number of state and national parks in the region, especially along the coast. Most notable in the coastal area include Samuel H. Boardman State Park, featuring 12 miles of forested linear park with a rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small beaches, Harris Beach State Park, which boasts the largest island off the Oregon cost, which is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for rare birds, Pistol River State Park, Cape Blanco State Park, featuring a lighthouse and historic Hughes House, Cape Sebastian State Park, Humbug Mountain State Park, Floras Lake State Park, Bullards Beach State Park, Sunset Bay State Park, with beautiful sandy beaches and towering sea cliffs, Shores Acres State Park, with rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean and Elliott State Forest. Other areas of the region include Medford Nursery Rogue River National Forest, Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and Crater Lake National Park. Some other attractions in the region include Alba Park, the oldest park in Medford, Bear Creek Park, Claire Hanley Arboretum, Medford Carnegie Library, Crater Rock Museum, Fort Leland, Hellgate Canyon, Oregon Caves, Pioneer-Indian Museum, ScienceWorks Museum, a hands-on science museum, and Trail Creek Museum.
Klamath County is located in the eastern part of Oregon's Southern region, bordering California to the south. It is the fourth largest county in the state, and is named for the tribe of Native Americans living in the area. Klamath Falls is the largest city and the county seat, and there are more than 40 other cities, census-designated places and other unincorporated communities. Timber and agriculture now contribute a small amount to the region's economy, when it was historically based on those industries. A large medical center is the top employer in the county, flowed by Klamath County School District and a doors and windows manufacturer. Natural geothermal hot wells provide heat for many homes and businesses. Oregon Institute of Technology and Klamath Community College are located in Klamath County. Tourism also contributes greatly to the economy, with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, hunting and world-class trout fishing. The county is a world-renowned birdwatcher's paradise, with some of the largest concentrations of waterfowl in North America. There are a number of protected areas wholly or partially in the county, including Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Crater Lake National Park, Deschutes National Forest, Fremont National Forest, Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Rogue River â€“ Siskiyou National Forest, Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and Winema National Forest. Some other attractions include Historic Downtown Klamath Falls, Fort Klamath Museum and Park, established in 1863, Collier Memorial State Logging Museum, Children's Museum of Klamath Falls and the Favell Museum, featuring Native American artifacts, contemporary western art and a range of historic items.
Jackson County is in the southern part of Oregon's Southern region, just west of Klamath County, and also borders California to the south. Medford is the largest city and the county seat, and other larger cities are Ashland and Central Point, and there are more than 40 other cities, census-designated places and unincorporated communities. Primary industries in the county are healthcare, agriculture, lumber, manufacturing and tourism. Jackson County has more than 10,000 acres of orchards, and soapstone, used in art sculpture, is mined there. Higher education institutions in the county are Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College. Some highlights of the county include Bear Creek Greenway, featuring a bike bath from Ashland north towards Medford. The Oregon Vortex is a popular roadside attraction. Some other attractions in the county include Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, Historic Hanley Farm, established in 1857, Kid Time! Discovery Experience, featuring fun, engaging activities, Prescott/Roxy Ann Park, featuring 1,700 acres on the slopes of Roxy Ann Peak with summit elevation of over 3,500 feet and Railroad Park. Ashland is home to the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ScienceWorks Museum.
Coos County is located in the western part of Oregon's Southern region, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west. Coos Bay is the largest city and Coquille is the county seat, and North Bend is also a larger city in the county, and there are more than 30 other cities, census-designated places and unincorporated communities. Primary industries in the county are forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture. The service industry is replacing the former lumber-driven economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair, as well as agriculture specialty products, such as cranberries, play an important role in the economy. There are also untapped deposits of iron ore, which have not been developed yet. There are several port districts in the county, including Port of Coos Bay, Port of Coquille River and Port of Bandon. Coos Bay is the best natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound. Port of Coos Bay at one time was the largest forest products shipper in the world. Southwestern Oregon Community College is located in the county. The tallest documented living Douglas fir tree in the world is in the county, and is more than 330-feet tall. There are several national protected areas wholly or partly in Coos County, including Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Siskiyou National Forest and Siuslaw National Forest. Some other attractions in the county include Cape Arago Lighthouse, Cape Arago State Park, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Boardwalk, Coos County Logging Museums, Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, Hoffman Memorial State Wayside and Marshfield Sun Museum.