U.S. News & World Report has unveiled its 2019 Best Places to Live in the USA report after its latest evaluation of 125 total metropolitan areas. Portland ranked #8 (just ahead of Seattle-#9), and was also ranked on their Top 20 Best Places to Retire list. 

“To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life,” the report reveals.

#8: Portland, Oregon

Portland’s unemployment rate is below the national average, and residents of Portland earn more than the national average salary.

The tech industry has a solid foundation in the area, thanks in part to Intel Corporation, which has numerous campuses and continues to expand in the area. Careers in the medical field are also numerous through large employers such as the Oregon Health & Science University and Providence Health & Services. Meanwhile, athletics giant Nike calls Beaverton – located about 7 miles west of Portland – its home and employs about 12,000 people in Washington County.

Portland is a well-rounded region with more than just the offbeat shops and events. Museums, art galleries and the oldest public library on the West Coast feed a population with more academic degrees than the national average.

A robust bicycling culture has led to well-marked bike lanes and paths for safe two-wheel travel throughout the metro area. The region’s award-winning mass transit system, TriMet, uses five light rail lines to effectively connect downtown, the Portland International Airport (The #1 Airport in America, Travel + Leisure) and outlying neighborhoods.

Wilderness is also close by. Two mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean can be reached in an hour or two, while the fertile vineyards of the Willamette Valley lure city dwellers with a thirst for something fresh.

Source: U.S. News & World Report – April 2019. View the full Best Places to Live in the USA report

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