Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two gerontology schools within its city limits. Portland State University, the highest ranked school in the city with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 27,901. It is the 2547th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Gerontology students from Portland schools who go on to become gerontologists, physicians, clinical dietitians, medical staff physicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,308,380 people working as life, physical, and social science employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,660. Also, Rehabilitation counselors make on average $34,710 per year and there are about 112,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 670 employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $39,740. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $64,640/yr and there are 10,970 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 11.045 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and 0.676/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
Of the 2 gerontology schools in Portland, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Portland State University comes out as the most expensive ($11,824/yr) for gerontology 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|