People from these metros are finding new jobs in Portland, Oregon

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Portland, Oregon

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

- Started a new job in Portland from Denver in Q1 2021: 141
--- #27 most common destination from Denver
- Started a new job in Denver from Portland in Q1 2021: 142
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 1 to Denver
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#19. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Portland from New York in Q1 2021: 163
--- #53 (tie) most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Portland in Q1 2021: 131
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 32 to Portland
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#18. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

- Started a new job in Portland from San Jose in Q1 2021: 194
--- #26 most common destination from San Jose
- Started a new job in San Jose from Portland in Q1 2021: 79
--- 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 115 to Portland
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#17. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA

- Started a new job in Portland from San Diego in Q1 2021: 198
--- #26 most common destination from San Diego
- Started a new job in San Diego from Portland in Q1 2021: 132
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 66 to Portland
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#16. Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Olympia in Q1 2021: 201
--- #5 most common destination from Olympia
- Started a new job in Olympia from Portland in Q1 2021: 228
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 27 to Olympia

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#15. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ

- Started a new job in Portland from Phoenix in Q1 2021: 254
--- #19 most common destination from Phoenix
- Started a new job in Phoenix from Portland in Q1 2021: 351
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 97 to Phoenix
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#14. Corvallis, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Corvallis in Q1 2021: 254
--- #1 most common destination from Corvallis
- Started a new job in Corvallis from Portland in Q1 2021: 243
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 11 to Portland
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#13. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Spokane in Q1 2021: 255
--- #6 most common destination from Spokane
- Started a new job in Spokane from Portland in Q1 2021: 290
--- 1.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 35 to Spokane
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#12. Kennewick-Richland, WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Kennewick in Q1 2021: 289
--- #7 most common destination from Kennewick
- Started a new job in Kennewick from Portland in Q1 2021: 153
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 136 to Portland
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#11. Non-metropolitan area(s), WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Non in Q1 2021: 301
--- #4 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Portland in Q1 2021: 428
--- 2.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 127 to Non

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#10. Longview, WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Longview in Q1 2021: 387
--- #2 most common destination from Longview
- Started a new job in Longview from Portland in Q1 2021: 443
--- 2.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 56 to Longview
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#9. Albany-Lebanon, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Albany in Q1 2021: 419
--- #2 most common destination from Albany
- Started a new job in Albany from Portland in Q1 2021: 432
--- 2.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 13 to Albany
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#8. Medford, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Medford in Q1 2021: 523
--- #2 most common destination from Medford
- Started a new job in Medford from Portland in Q1 2021: 521
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 2 to Portland
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#7. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

- Started a new job in Portland from San Francisco in Q1 2021: 565
--- #24 most common destination from San Francisco
- Started a new job in San Francisco from Portland in Q1 2021: 227
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 338 to Portland
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#6. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Portland from Los Angeles in Q1 2021: 599
--- #31 most common destination from Los Angeles
- Started a new job in Los Angeles from Portland in Q1 2021: 267
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 332 to Portland

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#5. Bend, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Bend in Q1 2021: 723
--- #2 most common destination from Bend
- Started a new job in Bend from Portland in Q1 2021: 778
--- 4.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 55 to Bend
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#4. Eugene-Springfield, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Eugene in Q1 2021: 1,118
--- #2 most common destination from Eugene
- Started a new job in Eugene from Portland in Q1 2021: 1,041
--- 6.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 77 to Portland
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#3. Non-metropolitan area(s), OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Non in Q1 2021: 1,520
--- #2 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Portland in Q1 2021: 1,410
--- 8.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 110 to Portland
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#2. Salem, OR

- Started a new job in Portland from Salem in Q1 2021: 2,230
--- #2 most common destination from Salem
- Started a new job in Salem from Portland in Q1 2021: 2,399
--- 14.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 169 to Salem
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#1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

- Started a new job in Portland from Seattle in Q1 2021: 2,385
--- #2 most common destination from Seattle
- Started a new job in Seattle from Portland in Q1 2021: 2,777
--- 16.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 392 to Seattle

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