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Portland Ranks as One of the Best Places to Live

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon


A strong job market, livable wages and plenty of great outdoor activities makes Portland, Oregon one of the best places to live, and it is not hard to see why.

According to recent studies conducted, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the city of Portland as the number 6 best place to live in the nation.

Every year U.S. News ranks the top places to live throughout the United States, and this year Portland edged out Washington DC, Nashville, Dallas-Fort Worths and Salt Lake, which all have been included in the top 20 cities in the nation.

To determine the best places to live, the report compiles data from the 125 largest metro areas around the country, including the cost of living, job market, crime rates and quality of education.

The Austin metro already boasts about 2.35 million residents within their metro, and the city continues to attract new residents with median home prices of $349,675 and annual salaries of about $53,960, according to the report.

A strong job market along with a stellar healthcare industry continue to attract residents to the Portland area.  Not to mention the calling for the professional arena, scientific, technical and service industry jobs.  The city of Portland also has a low unemployment rate of 3.8% for the year so far, this is 0.6% below the national average..

Jobs in the healthcare sector, specifically nursing aides,  is expected to grow about 11 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This will will be an increase of about 164,000 positions.  The healthcare industry is anticipated to do so well largely in part to the aging baby boomer population, which will increase the need for patient care.

New residents are also attracted to the close by wilderness, outdoor sports and the iconic food scene, according to the U.S. News.