Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has five construction schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Construction students from Portland schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 2,390 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $33,920. Construction managers in this area earn $90,150/yr and there are 1,570 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 1.581 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by construction managers, and 2.406/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 5 construction schools with a 500-mile radius of Portland, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Washington State University comes out as the most expensive ($15,311/yr) for construction students, with Wenatchee Valley College as the lowest, reported at only $7,442/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|