Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has four culinary schools within its city limits. Phagans School of Hair Design, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 193. It is the 3134th highest ranked school in the USA and the 39th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Culinary students from Portland schools who go on to become culinary artists, bakers, chefs, cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 140,510 people working as bakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,350. 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 4 culinary 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 culinary 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|