Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two cooking schools within its city limits. Western Culinary Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a cooking program, has a total student population of 725. It is the 3586th highest ranked school in the USA and the 44th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Cooking students from Portland schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
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.
Of the 2 cooking schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Culinary Institute comes out as the most expensive ($48,778/yr) for cooking 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|