Portland, OR
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Living in Portland


Portland is a very large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 653,115 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.

Unlike some cities, Portland isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portland are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Portland is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portland who work in management occupations (12.02%), office and administrative support (10.26%), and sales jobs (9.03%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.15% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Portland. This makes Portland a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Portland presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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: 49.04% 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 $38,674, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $154,696 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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