Print

Career Advice >> Browse Articles >> Regional Job Highlights

+33

College Graduates: Top 25 Cities for Finding Your Entry-Level Job

College Graduates: Top 25 Cities for Finding Your Entry-Level Job

Photo: Franco Folini | CreativeCommons

Anna Hennings, Tania Khadder, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | Excelle

October 20, 2009
















#8. Portland, OR

Population: 550,396
  

Average Salary: $43,370
  

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 58
  

Average Commute Time: 22.4 minutes 
  

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 55
 

Unemployment Rate: 10.7

Historically, Portland has had a long-standing association with high-tech industries. According to City-Data.com, more than 1,200 tech companies currently operate in Portland, and, in 2004, microcomputer components manufacturer Intel was the city’s largest employer. The city has also seen consistent growth in the education and health-services sectors, helping the area maintain its high growth ratings despite significant decreases in employment in the natural resources, mining and construction sectors.   Bonus fun fact: Portland has the largest independent book store in the world.