Access Labor

Hermiston is better situated relative to adequate labor markets than any other area in eastern or central Oregon.  Not only is Hermiston the largest city in Eastern Oregon, but its close proximity to the Tri-Cities, Washington gives employers the ability to pull from a very large labor pool.  Due to the light traffic congestion and immediate proximity to freeway access, the 30 mile trip from the Tri-Cities equates to a 30-35 minute commute.  

30 Mile Radius Labor Shed by Area

City Actively Employed 30 Miles (2014)* Total Population 30 Miles**
Hermiston                   119,632 240,286
Bend 75,075 193,592
Ontario 56,865 138,626
The Dalles 32,446 68,414
Hood River 31,882 67,241
Pendleton 31,362 76,049
Boardman 30,897 67,510
La Grande 10,693 27,196
Baker City 6,204 15,802

*Source:  U.S. Census- www.onthemap.ces.census.gov

**Source:  Oregon Business Development Department- www.oregonprospector.com