Damascus is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 11,155 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Damascus is the 45th largest community in Oregon.
Damascus home prices are not only among the most expensive in Oregon, but Damascus real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Damascus is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Damascus is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Damascus who work in management occupations (13.20%), office and administrative support (12.85%), and sales jobs (11.92%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.52% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Damascus is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Damascus’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Damascus, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.59 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The percentage of people in Damascus who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.92% of adults in Damascus have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Damascus in 2018 was $35,935, which is wealthy relative to Oregon, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,740 for a family of four. However, Damascus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Damascus is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Damascus home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Damascus residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Damascus include German, English, Irish, Welsh, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Damascus is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.