Oregon undoubtedly benefits from being situated between the two states that drive the nation’s app industry, and can also boast some impressive figures of its own. For one thing, the Oregon Employment Department calculates that app developer jobs in the state will increase by 27 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 300 positions each year. Oregon also offers its app developers a higher-than-average mean salary, most recently calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be $89,050 in 2014. In addition, the state’s app industry is estimated by the wireless industry trade group CTIA to generate $526 million each year.
Oregon’s app industry has come a long way in recent years. According to the census figures, nearly 42 percent of state residents report they connect to the internet from multiple locations. The FCC concluded in a recent report that there are at least 2.29 million mobile wireless devices, including smartphones, in circulation throughout the state – more than one for every two Oregon residents. The success of Oregon’s app industry is built on developments that have taken place throughout the state over the last decade.
Development Behind Oregon’s App Industry
The first venture capital investment in a Portland mobile application company came in 2010 for the amount of $1.1 million. Since then the state, and especially Portland, is gaining increasing notoriety as a regional hub for app development thanks to innovation combined with internet speed and connectivity.
In 2009 there were just 1.19 million residential internet connections in Oregon according to a report released by the FCC. By the beginning of 2014 that number had grown to 3.04 million. The state’s internet speed has also been steadily improving. According to the FCC, 77.5 percent of all residents have a broadband internet connection, one of the highest percentages in the nation. A separate report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy found that of Oregon’s rural residents, up to 80 percent had access to broadband internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps. When considered along with their urban counterparts, the percentage of Oregonians with access to that kind of speed increases to 92.73 percent – the eighth-highest in the nation.