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Portland, Oregon

Population: 584,000

Metro Area Population: 2,260,000

Portland is sometimes called the "City of Roses". It is the greenest city in America (Popular Science) and in the Top 10 (#2) greenest cities in the world (Grist Magazine). It's also the most vegetarian friendly city in America, and the home of the Rose Garden, the Portalnd Trailblazers (NBA) and the Portland Timbers (MLS).


Trends of Employment

A high density of technology companies has earned the name of Silicon Forrest. World or North American headquarters for Vestas Wind Systems, Li-Ning Co. (Sporting goods), Hi-Tech Sports, KEEN, Inc., Columbia Sportswear, FLIR, TriQuint Semiconductors, and Adidas.

Fortune 500 companies are Niki and Precision Castparts Other manufacturing companies are Freightliner Trucks, Zidell Companies, The Collins Companies, Western Star Trucks. Portland has a steel manufacturing history and is the areas number one employer in companies like Schnitzer Steel, Industries and Oregon Steel Mills. Port of Portland is the 3rd largest port in the US, the largest port for wheat in the US, and the 2nd largest in the world.

Cost of Living

Median income: $40,146/Household and $50,271/Family


  • Portland has MAX (Metropolitan Area Express light rail) and WES (Westside Express Service), TriMet mass Transit
  • 12.6% of all commutes are on public transit
  • 8% of commuters bike to work, the highest % of any major American city and 10 times the national average.
  • Portland International Airport is 20 minutes from downtown.

Companies and Internships in Portland

If you have any questions about jobs or internships in Portland, please contact the Internship Service Missionaries. You can also look on career navigator for current openings.

Graduate Schools

Universities in or near Portland that offer post-baccalaureate degrees:
(* = satellite campus; Partial listing)

  • Portland Community College
  • Portland State University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • University of Portland
  • Reed College
  • Lewis & Clark College

LDS presence in Portland

  • Portland Oregon Temple
  • Portland Oregon East Stake
  • Portland Oregon Stake