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Portland Metro Area Pay Trends

Updated October 9, 2018

The largest city in Oregon, roughly 60 percent of the state’s residents live in Portland. Noted for its liberal political values, the city has earned a reputation as a bastion of counterculture, as made famous by the hit TV comedy “Portlandia.” Technology is a major component of the city's economy, with more than 1,200 technology companies existing within the metro, leading to the nickname, “The Silicon Forest.”

Wage Growth for Portland Metro Area, Q3 2018


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