These Are The 10 Best Places In Oregon for Jobs

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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When I think of Oregon, I think of Portland, beautiful landscapes, and the pacific coast. However, for people moving there, or already living there, something much more simple comes to mind — jobs.

But what parts of the Beaver State have the best opportunity for jobs?

Here at Zippia, we take it upon ourselves to help people find what parts of Oregon are the best and the worst to get a job. We use our standard analytic process to separate the A players for jobs from the other places in the state.

After crunching all the numbers, we were left with this set of the best places to get a job in Oregon:

  1. Lake Oswego
  2. West Linn
  3. Bethany
  4. Cedar Mill
  5. Bull Mountain
  6. Sherwood
  7. West Haven-Sylvan
  8. Rockcreek
  9. Oak Hills
  10. Tigard

Follow along to see how we got here and why living just outside of Portland gives you the best shot at landing a great paying job.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Oregon

We first researched detailed data on 375 places in Oregon. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 95 places in Oregon to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 95, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Oregon”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

1. Lake Oswego

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,813
Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Median Household Income: $84,186

Lake Oswego took a decisive victory when it comes to job opportunities in Oregon.

It won the triple crown of jobs placing first in unemployment rate, recent job growth, and future job growth.

And it’s not like the available jobs are just entry level — the median household income ranks as the seventh highest in the state.

2. West Linn

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,158
Unemployment Rate: 5.30%
Median Household Income: $86,611

West Linn is the best Linn when you look at jobs in Oregon. It places as the second best overall place in Oregon to find a job.

The city ranked well for unemployment rate (4th best in the state) and future job growth (3rd overall).

It is our understanding that Oregon does not report enough data on a city level for BestPlaces.net to accurately differentiate. Therefore, they base their data on the recent job growth of the metropolitan area or region. The result, every city in the top ten has the same recent job growth.

3. Bethany

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,505
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $107,372

Bethany places as the third best place to get a job in Oregon. Uniquely enough, it starts off a string of seven places where median household income is the only criteria that separates them.

And, as the data shows, Bethany has the best median household income of any place in Oregon.

So, if you were wondering, Bethany is probably where your boss lives.

4. Cedar Mill

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,118
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $100,658

Cedar Mill ranks as the fourth best place in Oregon to find a job.

Its household median income ranks as the second best in Oregon. But at over $100,000, second place is still pretty sweet.

5. Bull Mountain

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,990
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $96,992

Placing fifth in our rankings of the best places for jobs in Oregon is Bull Mountatin.

Its median household income is “only” the third best in Oregon, which combined with the same other statistics as the two places before, doesn’t allow Bull Mountain to rank higher than fifth.

6. Sherwood

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,088
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $82,257

I sure would live in Sherwood, the sixth best place for jobs in Oregon.

While its median household income jumps up to eighth best in the Beaver State, it still has awesome prospects for great paying jobs.

7. West Haven-Sylvan

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,016
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $80,203

West Haven-Sylan takes the seventh rank for best places to get a job in Oregon.

This small town in Northern Oregon, fifteen minutes from Portland, offers everything you’d want for job prospects. Its household median income falls just short of Sherwood, but at only a couple of thousand dollars, everyone still hangs out in the same club.

8. Rockcreek

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,488
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $77,295

Rockcreek rocks out for jobs to the tune of an eighth place ranking.

As part of the group of seven, it has the same unemployment rank (9th), recent job growth (1st), and prospects for future job growth (6th) as the five places before it.

9. Oak Hills

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,005
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $76,640

And finishing off the group of seven is Oak Hills, another suburb of Portland.

With a median household income of over $76,000, this small city couldn’t compete with some of the other guys on this list. But don’t let that dissuade you — Oak Hills still has excellent job opportunities.

10. Tigard

Best Places In Oregon For Jobs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,366
Unemployment Rate: 5.50%
Median Household Income: $62,576

And just cracking into the top ten, the biggest place on the list, is Tigard.

Breaking up the monotony of the previous seven places, Tigard ranks as having the fifth best unemployment rate and fourth best prospects for future job growth. The only reason it didn’t rank higher is a relatively lower median household income.

Wrapping Up The Best Places For Jobs In Oregon

Lake Oswego takes the cake for the best places for jobs in Oregon.

And unless you fell asleep mid article, you will realize that every place on this list is a suburb of Portland; a pattern that is becoming clear across the nation.

The burbs offer the best access to jobs, without all the hassle of city living.

So while everyone may work in Portland, they decide to take their talents just outside the city to live.

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