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Top 25 Cities for Your Government Career

Top 25 Cities for Your Government Career

Currin Berdine, Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | GovCentral

#18. Portland, OR

Population: 550,396

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list of the best cities for jobs: 58

Average Commute Time: 22.4 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 55

Unemployment Rate: 10.7

Jobs Listed on USA Jobs: 536

Stimulus funds for State: $3.9 Billion

Stimulus funds for County: $159,944,000

State recovery site:

Historically, Portland has had a long-standing association with high-tech industries. According to, more than 1,200 tech companies currently operate in Portland, and, in 2004, microcomputer components manufacturer Intel was the city’s largest employer. The city has also seen consistent growth in the education and health-services sectors, helping the area maintain its high growth ratings despite significant decreases in employment in the natural resources, mining and construction sectors.

Bonus fun fact: Portland has the largest independent book store in the world.

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