As one of the chief cities in the Pacific Northwest and one of the West Coast's major centers of commerce and transportation, Portland is ideally located with accessible resources, low-cost energy, international air terminals, large marine shipping facilities, and access to all west-coast intercontinental railroads.

Portland Area Stats

Portland Population 583,776 (2010)   Year over Year New Residents from Out of State 4.10%
Portland metro Population (2010) 2,226,009   Unemployment Rate 7.0%
Population Growth (2011-2015) 9.20%   Job Growth (2011-2015) 5.70%
Median Family Income $71,200   Average Yearly High Temp 62.1F
Projected Growth Median Household Income (2011-2015) 17.40%   Average Yearly Low Temp 44.8F
Miles of Bicycle Commuter Paths 324   Yearly Precipitation 37"
SOURCE: Greater Portland Prosperity Index by Greenlight Greater Portland and U.S. Bureau Labor and Statistics

Employment Information

An eighth of the region’s employees work in the manufacturing sector, which includes a strong presence in high tech (chips, semiconductors, solar components) as well as in metals, machinery and transportation equipment. The region’s steel mills, foundries and plants produce a wide array of goods, including bridge and architectural elements, construction and mining machinery, and extruded aluminum parts. Transportation equipment is manufactured here for maritime, aerospace and rail industries, including the streetcars that run throughout downtown Portland. Greater Portland-Vancouver metals companies provide family wage jobs for more than 57,000 workers and contribute $4.2 billion in sales each year to the regional economy. In high-tech manufacture, Intel is the region’s largest employer, with the greater Portland site being the company’s largest worldwide.

Largest Employers Portland Metro – By # of Employees

Employer Employees   Employer Employees
1. Intel Corporation 16,700   7. Legacy Health Systems 9,835
2. Providence Health System 14,132   8. City of Portland 9,318
3. Oregon Health & Science University 14,106   9. State of Oregon 7,559
4. U.S. Federal Government 13,900   10. Nike 7,000
5. Fred Meyer Stores 10,176   11. Evergreen School District 6,500
6. Kaiser Permanente NW 9,896   12. Portland School District


SOURCE: Portland Business Journal 2014 Book of Lists