These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Oregon

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Oregon works hard, there’s a certain part of the Beaver State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Oregon .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Happy Valley which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Oregon. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Oregon for a promotion:

  1. Happy Valley
  2. Sherwood
  3. Hillsboro
  4. Tigard
  5. West Linn
  6. Newberg
  7. Tualatin
  8. Beaverton
  9. Hood River
  10. Portland

So listen up Winston as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Beaver State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 76 places in Oregon, we ranked each place from 1 to 76 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Oregon”. And, at the end of the day, Happy Valley had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693College Graduates: 48.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.1
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687College Graduates: 43.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

3. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,765College Graduates: 33.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Tigard

Tigard, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,633College Graduates: 41.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. West Linn

West Linn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,710College Graduates: 54.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Newberg

Newberg, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,451College Graduates: 25.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.6
Workers Per Household: 1.6

7. Tualatin

Tualatin, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,604College Graduates: 41.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,593College Graduates: 43.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Hood River

Hood River, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,311College Graduates: 39.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Portland

Portland, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 602,568College Graduates: 44.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Oregon

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Happy Valley 1 15,693 48.8% 40.1 1.6
Sherwood 2 18,687 43.2% 38.9 1.5
Hillsboro 3 95,765 33.7% 38.4 1.5
Tigard 4 49,633 41.4% 37.6 1.4
West Linn 5 25,710 54.1% 38.0 1.4
Newberg 6 22,451 25.6% 36.6 1.6
Tualatin 7 26,604 41.8% 38.8 1.4
Beaverton 8 92,593 43.5% 38.1 1.4
Hood River 9 7,311 39.9% 36.1 1.3
Portland 10 602,568 44.4% 36.8 1.4
Damascus 11 10,711 22.3% 36.9 1.6
Lake Oswego 12 37,310 65.2% 38.9 1.2
Wilsonville 13 20,335 39.3% 38.9 1.3
Canby 14 16,821 25.8% 37.7 1.4
Corvallis 15 54,735 58.5% 32.3 1.3
Bend 16 79,698 39.0% 36.1 1.3
Oregon City 17 33,834 22.7% 38.5 1.4
Newport 18 10,045 28.9% 38.3 1.1
Warrenton 19 5,089 19.9% 37.0 1.3
Sandy 20 9,945 17.7% 38.0 1.3
Keizer 21 36,875 24.6% 37.0 1.3
Milwaukie 22 20,449 26.1% 37.9 1.3
Astoria 23 9,503 28.5% 36.2 1.2
Gladstone 24 11,668 20.7% 38.4 1.3
Monmouth 25 9,769 35.0% 30.8 1.4
Hermiston 26 17,031 16.1% 39.4 1.3
Talent 27 6,164 28.1% 34.4 1.1
Troutdale 28 16,339 21.5% 37.2 1.5
Molalla 29 8,247 14.8% 40.2 1.4
Silverton 30 9,342 29.5% 36.4 1.3
Fairview 31 9,094 18.2% 35.6 1.2
Gresham 32 108,250 18.6% 36.5 1.4
Ashland 33 20,412 57.8% 33.2 1.1
Forest Grove 34 22,070 22.5% 35.1 1.4
Eugene 35 158,131 39.9% 34.1 1.2
Salem 36 157,967 26.9% 36.4 1.3
Scappoose 37 6,778 20.1% 38.1 1.3
La Grande 38 13,090 24.7% 35.4 1.2
McMinnville 39 32,839 21.1% 36.4 1.3
Pendleton 40 16,830 19.3% 37.2 1.2
Albany 41 51,210 23.5% 37.3 1.2
Umatilla 42 6,998 7.2% 40.6 1.5
Woodburn 43 24,282 12.8% 38.3 1.4
Medford 44 76,648 24.2% 35.9 1.3
Cornelius 45 12,068 11.9% 37.8 2.0
Central Point 46 17,443 18.2% 37.5 1.2
North Bend 47 9,591 22.4% 38.5 1.2
The Dalles 48 15,068 18.5% 36.3 1.1
St. Helens 49 13,017 15.9% 37.3 1.4
Creswell 50 5,065 16.4% 37.7 1.2
Lebanon 51 15,761 16.5% 38.0 1.1
Lincoln City 52 7,977 21.9% 37.6 1.1
Brookings 53 6,350 25.5% 36.2 1.0
Eagle Point 54 8,599 11.8% 38.0 1.3
Florence 55 8,498 24.6% 34.7 0.7
Seaside 56 6,481 23.2% 37.0 1.1
Springfield 57 59,882 15.2% 36.6 1.3
Stayton 58 7,719 16.1% 37.1 1.3
Junction City 59 5,566 12.2% 37.0 1.4
Independence 60 8,654 17.6% 34.5 1.4
Coos Bay 61 16,022 20.8% 36.6 1.0
Madras 62 6,419 13.6% 38.5 1.2
Roseburg 63 21,858 21.5% 37.8 1.0
Milton-Freewater 64 7,094 11.7% 37.3 1.4
Baker City 65 9,774 18.7% 36.6 1.0
Dallas 66 14,788 17.1% 37.5 1.1
Sheridan 67 6,081 7.9% 37.4 1.4
Klamath Falls 68 21,165 20.8% 36.4 1.1
Redmond 69 27,002 18.7% 36.2 1.2
Cottage Grove 70 9,772 12.8% 36.9 1.0
Grants Pass 71 34,916 15.9% 35.8 1.0
Sweet Home 72 9,042 12.4% 36.4 1.0
Sutherlin 73 7,776 10.4% 34.6 1.1
Ontario 74 11,148 14.5% 36.1 1.1
Prineville 75 9,184 11.2% 37.7 1.0
Winston 76 5,356 8.8% 34.9 1.1