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Portland Public Schools, Oregon

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Portland Public Schools is a school district in Oregon. It was the largest school district in the state serving 46,930 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[1]

About the district

Portland Public Schools is located in Multnomah County, Ore.
Portland Public Schools is based in Portland, the county seat of Multnomah County in northeastern Oregon. Multnomah County was home to an estimated 766,135 residents in 2013 according to the United State Census Bureau.[2]


Multnomah County outperformed Oregon as a whole in terms of higher education achievement and median household income while it underperformed in terms of poverty rate in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.9 percent of Multnomah County residents aged 25 years and older had earned a bachelor's degree or higher compared to 29.7 percent of residents statewide. The median household income in the county was $52,511 while it was $50,229 for the state. The percentage of persons below the poverty line in Multnomah County was 17.8 percent in comparison to 16.2 percent for the entirety of Oregon.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Multnomah County (%) Oregon (%)
White 80.8 88.1
Black or African American 5.7 2.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.8
Asian 7.0 4.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.4
Two or More Races 4.4 3.5
Hispanic or Latino 11.1 12.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Multnomah County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Pacific Green Vote Libertarian Vote Republican Vote Other Vote
2012 274,887 5,954 4,695 75,302 3,884
2008 279,696 1,207 1,195 75,171 7,441
2004 259,585 1,100 1,202 98,439 2,368

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The table below displays the budget for Portland Public Schools:[5]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $339,052,223 40.7% $213,626,197 25.6% $148,315,259 17.8% $92,636,849 11.1% $39,503,485 4.7% $833,134,013
2014-2015 $370,992,993 42.2% $233,302,037 26.5% $104,381,581 11.9% $95,678,604 10.9% $75,764,918 8.6% $880,120,133
Averages: $355,022,608 41% $223,464,117 26% $126,348,420 15% $94,157,726.5 11% $57,634,201.5 7% $856,627,073

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