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Bull Mountain, Tigard listed as 'best places to find a job' in Internet report

Jobs site lists the best places in Oregon to find work.

Sherwood, Tigard and Bull Mountain were named some of the best places to find a good paying job in Oregon by Zippia.comWhat’s the best place to get a job? According to a recent report the answer is right here in our own backyard.

A report released this week by Zippia.com, lists the top 10 places to find a job in Oregon.

That list includes several local communities, including Tigard, Bull Mountain and Sherwood.

Here’s who made the top 10:

1. Lake Oswego

2. West Linn

3. Bethany

4. Cedar Mill

5. Bull Mountain

6. Sherwood

7. West Haven-Sylvan

8. Rockcreek

9. Oak Hills

10. Tigard

Zippia lists open jobs from cities across the country and runs a blog where it uses public data to analyze questions such as the "10 best small towns in America," or the "hardest working places in West Virginia."

According to the website, researchers looked at 95 communities across the state with a population of 5,000 or more. The communities were ranked based on several factors including unemployment rate, median household income and recent and future job growth in the area.

Bull Mountain came in at No. 5 on the list of places to find a great paying job, despite the lack of businesses in the area. Bull Mountain is a residential community just west of Tigard, with few, if any, businesses.

But with an unemployment rate is 5.8 percent and a median household income of $96,992, it was hard to pass up.

The website doesn’t specify what jobs are available in Bull Mountain or any of the other cities on the list.

Left to speculate, Tigard is currently developing River Terrace, a large new housing and commercial development west of Bull Mountain along Roy Rogers Road which may have been included in the website’s calculations for both Bull Mountain and Tigard.

Sherwood was No. 6 on the list, with a median income of $82,257 and a 5.8 percent unemployment race.

“I sure would live in Sherwood,” the author writes. “…While its median household income jumps up to eighth best in the Beaver State, it still has awesome prospects for great paying jobs.”

Tigard was the largest city in Oregon to make the list, largely because of its low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

“Tigard ranks as having the fifth best unemployment rate and fourth best prospects for future job growth,” the site said. “The only reason it didn’t rank higher is a relatively lower median household income.”

Tigard’s median household income is $62,576, according to the site.

All of the entries in the list were suburbs of Portland. Most Tigard residents don't work in the city, but commute to Portland, Beaverton and other cities each day.

That's true of many Portland suburbs, and likely explains why so many suburbs were included in the list, Zippia said.

“The burbs offer the best access to jobs, without all the hassle of city living,” the website said. “So while everyone may work in Portland, they decide to take their talents just outside the city to live.”

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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