The economic recovery is well underway in Portland. But not for everybody.
Christian Kaylor, economic analyst with the Oregon Employment Department, also found that much of the economic growth in Portland has been in households making 100,000 a year or more—while the middle class, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, actually shrunk by six percent during the recovery.
Low-income households, making less than $25,000 a year, grew by four percent during those four years.
Kaylor's analysis shows an increasing wealth disparity between white people and other ethnic groups in Portland, along with a growing gap between the rich and the poor.
The average annual wages of a white resident of the Portland area increased from $31,757 to $33,525 between 2010 and 2014. During that same period, the average wages for ethnic minorities in Portland fell slightly, from $20,966 to $20,783.
"A median-income black household can't afford to rent anything bigger than a studio apartment outside the 122nd and Division neighborhood," Investigate West reported last fall.