Talent, Oregon

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


Talent is located at (42.239985, -122.782100).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.

The city is located in the southern end of the Rogue River Valley, against the Siskiyou Mountains.


As of the census of 2000, there were 5,589 people, 2,324 households, and 1,426 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,433.6 people per square mile (1,712.6/km²). There were 2,420 housing units at an average density of 1,919.7/sq mi (741.6/km²). 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.

In the city the population was spread out with 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% who 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.


Talent schools are part of the Phoenix-Talent School District. This district includes the communities of Talent, Phoenix, and a portion of Medford. Two of the five schools—Talent Elementary School and Talent Middle School—are in Talent, Phoenix is home to Phoenix Elementary School and Phoenix High School, and Orchard Hill Elementary is in southeast Medford.


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