Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has five bookkeeping schools within its city limits. University of Portland, the highest ranked school in the city with a bookkeeping program, has a total student population of 3,706. It is the 1386th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Bookkeeping students from Portland schools who go on to become bookkeepers, bookkeeping clerks, accounting managers, accounting officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,757,870 people working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,750. Also, Accountants and auditors make on average $67,430 per year and there are about 1,106,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 8,300 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $63,190. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $36,740/yr and there are 15,160 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 15.256 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 8.358/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 5 bookkeeping schools in Portland, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Portland comes out as the most expensive ($26,906/yr) for bookkeeping students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|