We’re heading to the Northwest this week to the quirky city of Portland. With its idiosyncratic ways and artistic centered vibe, Portland should definitely be on your list of places to consider living.

Population: Over 600,000

Average age:  36


  • Make sure your tires are pumped! Portland is extremely bike friendly. It is the second most bike friendly place in the country, behind last week’s city, Minneapolis.
  • If biking isn’t your cup of tea, Portland has various other ways to get around. Due to its simple grid-like layout, you can easily hop into your car, onto a light rail or a bus, and swiftly get to your destination.

Average cost of living: A furnished apartment can run you between $800-1,000. With a little research and determination, you can find cheaper options in small towns and suburbs outside of the heart of the city, also. A perfect option for students as well as early career professionals.

Fun Fact:

  • Being home to more than 60 breweries, Portland has more microbreweries than any other city in the world. Portland has also been named the best city for Happy Hour in the U.S.

Theatre: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and Portland’s Centers for the Arts are only a few of the many theatres covering the Portland area. Theatre is vibrant and thriving in the eclectic city.


  • The Northwest section of USITT covers Portland, so you’ll never be far away from fellow techies.

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