Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has eight nursing schools within its city limits. Warner Pacific College, the highest ranked school in the city with a nursing program, has a total student population of 1,332. It is the 625th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Nursing students from Portland schools who go on to become nurses, registered nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 1,190 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $46,920. Registered nurses in this area earn $76,010/yr and there are 18,650 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 18.774 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by registered nurses, and 1.197/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 8 nursing schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Portland comes out as the most expensive ($26,906/yr) for nursing 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|