Census data shows Hillsboro No. 1 in labor force numbers
Real estate website HomeArea.com has ranked Hillsboro area No. 1 in Oregon with more residents working or looking for work than any other city in the state.
According to the site, nearly 75 percent of city residents are in the labor force, meaning they either have a job or are actively looking for work.
Second on the list was Beaverton, with 71 percent and Portland with 70 percent.
"As we begin 2019, Americans who are deciding where to live generally want to pick a city with ample job opportunities," the website states.
The site said cities with high larbor force figures are able to collect more in taxes and have fewer costs for social programs than others.
The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. HomeArea.com studied cities with a population of 60,000 or more. The labor force doesn't include students, stay-at-home parents or retirees.
As a whole, Oregon's labor force stands at 62 percent. Beaverton saw the largest percentage increase, moving from No. 3 to No. 2 on the list compared to last year.
"In addition to job opportunity, having a high percentage of people in the labor force makes a city more attractive to live because local governments will have higher revenue from taxes and fewer costs associated with social programs.
Top Oregon cities, by labor force:
1. Hillsboro: 74.5 percent
2. Beaverton: 71.6 percent
3. Portland: 70.8 percent
4. Bend: 64.8 percent
5. Gresham: 63.7 percent
6. Eugene: 63.0 percent
7. Salem: 60.0 percent
8. Medford: 58.7 percent
By Geoff Pursinger
Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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