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Portland Ranks Among Top 10 Cities Nationwide for Outdoor Recreation

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Portland Ranks Among Top 10 Cities Nationwide for Outdoor Recreation


Thanks to a new report by Commercial Search, we know that Portland recently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide for outdoor recreation.

This is good news for the PDX area because it shows that people are still relocating to the Portland area despite the changes that the city has seen since Covid-19.

Portland is an ideal city for outdoor enthusiasts because when you live here, you’re close to the mountains, hiking/biking trails, skiing or snowboarding, standup paddle boarding and so much more.

Portland OR – A Top City for Outdoor Recreation

Besides being so close to everything, when you live in Portland, you’re also an hour and a half drive from Seaside, and the Oregon Coast, or you can conveniently cross the state line into Washington and explore everything that it has to offer.

Although Portland had a great ranking in the Commercial Search study, the reality is that the city that beat the PDX area was Washington DC which has the most options for urban outdoor enthusiasts.

The city offers no shortage of fresh air entertainment options. Notably, the nation’s capital was the highest-scoring city in the Trust for Public Land’s Park Score index, with 98% of its residents living within reach of a park and as much as 24% of the city’s surface being green spaces.

In addition to great walkability and comparatively good urban air quality, Washington, D.C. also incorporates more than 100 trails within its urban park system. That amounts to about 25 miles of trails for every 10,000 residents — the highest share on the list — on top of great air quality and walkability.


Does It Snow in Portland Oregon?

Summer may be more crowded, but for many people, the misty green forests and mountains of winter are more attractive than bright summer days. And even in the depths of winter, you’ll almost certainly be able to hike and explore the gorgeous scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

By December the weather is cold, although not really if you are comparing it to a state like Minnesota. Portland temperatures hover above 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), and it’s rare to have a true freeze. Even in mid-winter, rain is more likely than snow. In fact, the average snowfall in Portland is just 4.3 inches, and that little bit of snow generally falls over the course of just a day or two. The first frost is usually in early November, and the last frost is usually in early April.

How Are Summers in Portland?

Summer in Portland is mostly warm and sometimes hot, with low humidity. Temperatures peak in August with an average daily high of 81 °F (27 °C), before starting to cool in September. Rain is rare and the evenings are long, with the sun not setting until around 9 p.m. in June and July.

How Is the Portland Jobs Market?

Not only does the job market in Portland make it attractive.   The average income for Portland residents is noticeably higher than other areas of the United States. For example, the average Portland income is almost $4000/year higher than the national average.  This adds up, considering the cost of living and all the other things the city has to offer.


It’s no secret that Portland is a beautiful place to live. It’s located on the West Coast where you can find beaches for surfing and mountains for skiing and snowboarding just a short distance away.  The beauty of Portland is a selling feature for employers.  Due to being in an enjoyable place to live. Because of the competitive job market, strong infrastructure and career opportunities in private public and non-profit sectors Portland is an ideal location for job seekers and employers alike.

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Portland is known for its diverse industries.  Here is a breakdown of some of these industries to help illustrate the diversity:

  • Software IT: Some of the largest private sector employers in area are software IT companies. Companies such as Intel and Comcast grace the top 15 list for number of employees in the region demonstrating the importance of software IT for job growth in the region. This is an industry that is growing across the country and Portland is helping lead that growth with competitive wages and low turnover rates.
  • Manufacturing is another important industry for job growth in the region making up 11% of the workforce. It’s no surprise given that that Portland is home to high-tech electronic manufacturing complementing the large software IT presence.
  • Aside from tech Portland has a strong healthcare sector employing 113000 people. With the aging population growing this industry will only become more important. The strong presence already in the region makes it well positioned to continue to grow with changing demographics.
  • Athletic and Outdoor Apparel: Home to Nike headquarters and some of the most beautiful hiking and running trails in the country it’s not surprising that another of Portland’s leading job creators is the athletic and outdoor apparel industry.
  • Education is one of the top employers in both the private and public spheres in Portland – it makes up over 50% of the top 15 largest public-sector employers in the region. With the high number of education institutions Portland is not only a strong employer for those in the educational sphere but it is also ensuring a growing talent base of graduates for employers in a variety of industries.

With these diverse industries strong talent pool steady job growth and beautiful location Portland is perfect for job seekers and employers alike.


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