Portland, OR
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Portland is a very large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 629,821 people and 156 constituent neighborhoods, Portland is the largest community in Oregon.

Portland home prices are not only among the most expensive in Oregon, but Portland real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Portland is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Portland is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portland who work in office and administrative support (11.14%), management occupations (10.85%), and sales jobs (10.03%).

Of important note, Portland is also a city of artists. Portland has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Portland’s character.

Also of interest is that Portland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Portland telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.57% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Portland, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Portland are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The citizens of Portland are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.44% of adults in Portland have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portland in 2010 was $32,438, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,752 for a family of four. However, Portland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Portland is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Portland include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Portland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.