Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has fourteen health science schools within its city limits. Lewis & Clark College, the highest ranked school in the city with a health science program, has a total student population of 3,523. It is the 127th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Health Science students from Portland schools who go on to become health psychologists, physicians, doctors, nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 83,530 people working as environmental scientists and specialists, including health alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,360. Also, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make on average $40,420 per year and there are about 78,470 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 910 employed substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earning an average salary of $40,520. Environmental scientists and specialists, including health in this area earn $65,180/yr and there are 750 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 0.758 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health, and 0.912/1000 are held by substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.
Of the 14 health science schools in Portland, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for health science 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|