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We were talking with some friends and the subject came up about city size and which are the biggest in the state. Seems like back in the day Medford was always about fourth or fifth. Is that still true? What about Jackson County compared with other counties? We could probably look it up, but figured this would help keep you gainfully employed.

— Lila J., Medford

We do appreciate you keeping our job security in mind, Lila. The job subject has caused several people here to develop temporary eye twitches.

As for your questions, we can report that you have fallen behind the times, just as Medford has fallen behind a few more cities since last you checked. According to U.S. Census data released in 2013, Medford was ranked eighth in population size, at 75,920. Jackson County was ranked sixth among counties, at 206,310.

Most of the cities that jumped in front of Medford population-wise in the past decade or two are Portland suburbs — Gresham, Hillsboro and Beaverton — but Bend also edged out Medford by about 2,300 residents.

Here are the top 10 cities and counties in population. (Oh, and if our boss asks, we spent a lot of time on this and definitely should keep our jobs.)

Top 10 cities:

  • 1. Portland, 592,120
  • 2. Eugene, 159,580
  • 3. Salem, 155,770
  • 4. Gresham, 106,180
  • 5. Hillsboro, 93,340
  • 6. Beaverton, 91,935
  • 7. Bend, 78,280
  • 8. Medford, 75,920
  • 9. Springfield, 59,990
  • 10. Corvallis, 55,345

Top 10 counties:

  • 1. Multnomah, 756,530
  • 2. Washington, 550,990
  • 3. Clackamas, 386,080
  • 4. Lane, 356,125
  • 5. Marion, 322,880
  • 6. Jackson, 206,310
  • 7. Deschutes, 162,525
  • 8. Linn, 118,665
  • 9. Douglas, 108,850
  • 10. Yamhill, 101,400

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.