Choice LocationGreater Portland ranks #3 in the 2015 Forbes "Best Places for Business and Careers" list. Innovative and cost-effective business practices, opportunities for job growth, and an affordable cost of living were cited as some of the region's top draws.
The region's characteristic openness and quality of life have made Greater Portland a hub for innovative and talented 20-somethings with bachelor’s degrees or higher, boasting one of the highest rates in the nation.
Between 2000 and 2010, more than 4,500 new residents flocked to the area, a population increase of 15 percent, making Greater Portland the 3rd-fastest growing city in the nation during that time. The Portland metro area is consistently ranked as a top moving destination, and in 2014 was ranked the #1 moving destination in the US by United Vanlines National Movers Study.Recognized globally as a leader in software, clean technology and athletic/outdoor industries, Greater Portland develops products, applications and methods that improve our lives. A history of innovation and collaboration helped establish Greater Portland's strong startup culture and make the region a magnet for creative, innovative talent in high-tech.
Recently published and available for download, this resource is for regional employers to provide it to their Portland-bound new hires and transferees. Relocation involves many complex decisions like neighborhoods, housing, schools and transportation.
According to Forbes, Portland ranks 4th in small businesses per capita, 4th in self-employment, 7th in patents per capita and 14th in venture capital per capita – all strong indicators of a talent pool brimming with creativity. Additional rankings include: