Ashland, Oregon is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University and 22,000 people. Ashland residents value education, cultural amenities, a clean environment and a healthy local economy. They adore living in a small town where you are friends with your neighbors and are connected in ways to benefit others. If this sounds like you, then Ashland may be the place you want call home. Ashland has a wide variety of housing available including historic homes, modern developments and condominiums. The city has a distinct Urban Growth Boundary created to avoid sprawl. There is also a bustling retail area. In 2017, Ashland was ranked #21st in the Best Cities to Start a Small Business by Lendedu.