And with global connections and the most
competitive cost of doing business on the
West Coast, Greater Portland is able to offer
the talent, infrastructure, and connectivity
that make the region a great place for business, and a quality of life that allows people
who live here to be skiing or surfing in just
one hour from the urban core.
The Portland region offers many advantages
to workers and employers alike, spanning
from the downtown core and Willamette
River to outlying suburbs, including Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Gresham, Oregon,
and Vancouver, Washington. This means
that employers can choose to locate where
it makes sense to their bottom line, while
workers have diverse career paths to choose
from in the private, public, and nonprofit
A TALENT MAGNET
Greater Portland has the advantage of
drawing on a talented and diverse workforce
exceeding 1. 29 million. Greater Portland has
experienced a five-year population growth
rate of 8.9%, gaining 198,943 people from
2010-2016. The region is expected to gain
an additional 400,000 people by 2035.
Greater Portland’s workforce is educated
• Thirty five percent of the workforce
holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.
• As a whole, 91% of the region’s workforce has at least a high school diploma.
In looking to expand a company, the ability
to attract talent is of significant impor-
tance. Greater Portland is one of the most
significant talent magnets in the nation
with an annual net migration of more than
8,500 people who are 25 and older holding
Bachelor’s Degree or higher. Of the largest
50 U.S. metro areas, only Portland and
Seattle ranked in the top 15 for each period
analyzed—1980 to 2010—with the highest
rate of attracting and retaining young,
college-educated migrants. This means the
region consistently attracts desired talent,
even throughout “boom and bust” cycles.
Greater Portland supports a variety of
industries in diverse areas. Greater Portland
today has 125,849 employees in Advanced
Industries, which placed Greater Portland in
the top 15 of Metros for advanced employment nationwide.
Greater Portland is a hub for innovation and a workforce
talent magnet. With a metropolitan labor pool growing at 6
times the national average, companies in Greater Portland
have an established recruiting base with deep pools of skilled
workers across all industry sectors to draw upon, notably
technology, software, clean tech, and active and outdoor
apparel and footwear.