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 654,741 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Portland is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Portland is having a public transportation system, but in Portland the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Portland benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Portland ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Portland, 49.04% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Portland in 2018 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.