Everything you need to know about moving to Greater Portland.

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Major Industries of Portland

Credit: Tony Webster


High Tech

The Portland region’s high tech industry continues to grow, with high tech employee hiring reaching a 12-year high. The software side of tech has grown almost 50 percent in just the past 10 years, with companies like Elemental, Puppet, and Jama Software. The industry employed Oregonians directly across 1,700 businesses in the metro area. The state’s total industry output was $25.4 billion.

Athletic and Outdoor Apparel

Greater Portland is home to the highest number of athletic apparel and outdoor recreation companies in the United States. Locally headquartered firms include Nike, Columbia Sportswear, as well as the North American headquarters of Adidas, Keen, Danner Boots, SnowPeak, Poler Outdoor Stuff, Wildfang, and Leatherman. Internationally known brands such as Nau, Lucy, Dakine, and Under Armour also have a large presence in Greater Portland.


Greater Portland is a national leader in specialized areas of manufacturing such as high tech electronics and specialty metal fabrication. Boeing has it largest machining shop within the entire company located in Gresham OR, and Precision Castparts Corp. in Milwaukie, OR is a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products.


In Greater Portland, the healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Three of the top ten employers in the region are healthcare providers: Providence Health and Services, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and Legacy Health. As of 2017, Greater Portland had over 54,000 healthcare jobs in the metro area.