The 10 Cheapest Eugene, OR Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Eugene are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Eugene.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Eugene

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Eugene might be more expensive than living in rural Oregon, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Eugene neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Eugene are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Eugene for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Active Bethel looks to be the cheaptest Eugene neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Eugene. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Eugene that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Eugene.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Eugene Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Eugene, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 22 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Eugene.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Active Bethel.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Eugene. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Eugene For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 26,225
Cost Of Living Index: 103 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (13th cheapest)
More on Active Bethel: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Active Bethel comes in at $46,446 and the median home value is $147,138 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 2,906
Cost Of Living Index: 112 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (7th cheapest)
More on Industrial Corridor: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Industrial Corridor comes in at $64,718 and the median home value is $212,000 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 4,552
Cost Of Living Index: 105 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (6th cheapest)
More on Far West: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Far West comes in at $44,386 and the median home value is $189,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 19,815
Cost Of Living Index: 113 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (5th cheapest)
More on Cal Young: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Cal Young comes in at $59,779 and the median home value is $241,807 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 9,308
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.4 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (1st cheapest)
More on Churchill Area: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Churchill Area comes in at $63,726 and the median home value is $281,330 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 17,754
Cost Of Living Index: 114 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.7 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (8th cheapest)
More on Santa Clara: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Santa Clara comes in at $63,060 and the median home value is $231,057 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 5,124
Cost Of Living Index: 121 (19th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.8 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (2nd cheapest)
More on Crest Drive: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Crest Drive comes in at $80,871 and the median home value is $305,433 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 636
Cost Of Living Index: 132 (21st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.7 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (4th cheapest)
More on Laurel Hill Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Laurel Hill Valley comes in at $98,060 and the median home value is $358,450 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,412
Cost Of Living Index: 109 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.5 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (11th cheapest)
More on River Road: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in River Road comes in at $45,660 and the median home value is $204,333 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,881
Cost Of Living Index: 118 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.5 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (3rd cheapest)
More on Southeast: Homes For Sale | Data

Southeast is the southernmost neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon, United States.

The median income in Southeast comes in at $62,647 and the median home value is $282,182 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Eugene

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Eugene where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Eugene aren’t all cheap. South University takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Eugene.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Eugene For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Active Bethel 103
2 Industrial Corridor 112
3 Far West 105
4 Cal Young 113
5 Churchill Area 115
6 Santa Clara 114
7 Crest Drive 121
8 Laurel Hill Valley 132
9 River Road 109
10 Southeast 118
11 Harlow 112
12 Trainsong 102
13 U Of O Campus 101
14 West University 91
15 West Eugene 104
16 Friendly Area 119
17 Whiteaker 105
18 Jefferson Westside 113
19 Downtown 107
20 Amazon 127
21 Fairmount 134
22 South University 118

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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