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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Merlin is a town in Oregon with a population of 1,590. Merlin is in Josephine County. Living in Merlin offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Merlin and residents tend to be conservative.
About Merlin...
Population
1,590

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$268,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$756
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Merlin Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    21%
  • 55-64 years
    19%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    3%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    53%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Merlin

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,041
National
$55,322
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Merlin Reviews

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There are a lot of great people here, but there are a lot of drug addicts and homeless people too. I would rate it lower if it weren't so beautiful here; the stars are so bright and beautiful at night, and the rogue river offers a lot of tourism and great experiences.
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Merlin is a beautiful rural area with rivers, trees, mountains and was used as part of the backdrop for the movie "The River Wild." It's breathtaking and the people are friendly. The only thing I would change is there is a lack of law enforcement and it is often hard to make a report when needed.
On one hand it's nice to live here because it is an extremely tightknit community. On the other hand you cannot go anywhere with out someone knowing your family and they tend to talk. The other issue I have is the fact that it seems like the justice system is failing. People going to jail are not staying when they should be and it seems that the police can not do as much as they should.