These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Oregon For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Oregon go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Oregon definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Oregon where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Beaver State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 71 largest places in Oregon, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Oregon for 2018:

  1. Baker City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Ontario (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Milton-Freewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Umatilla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. La Grande (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hermiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Pendleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Klamath Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sweet Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Madras (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Lake Oswego (the most expensive place in Oregon) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Oregon or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Beaver State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In oregon
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Oregon to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 71 places in Oregon that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Baker City

Baker City, Oregon

Population: 9,790
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 69
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
More on Baker City: Homes For Sale | Data
Baker City is a city in and the county seat of Baker County, Oregon, United States. It was named after Edward D. Baker, the only U.S. Senator ever killed in military combat. The population was 9,828 at the 2010 census.

2. Ontario

Ontario, Oregon

Population: 11,273
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 69
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
More on Ontario: Homes For Sale | Data
Ontario is the largest city in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. It lies along the Snake River at the Idaho border. The population was 11,366 at the 2010 census. The city is the largest community in the region of far eastern Oregon, also known as the Western Treasure Valley.

3. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Population: 7,025
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 68
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Milton-Freewater: Homes For Sale | Data
Milton-Freewater is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The city received its current name in 1951 when the neighboring rival cities of Milton and Freewater voted to merge. The population was 7,050 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Pendleton-Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area. Milton-Freewater is home to a growing wine industry.

4. Umatilla

Umatilla, Oregon

Population: 6,864
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 70
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Umatilla: Homes For Sale | Data
Umatilla is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. It is named for the Umatilla River, which enters the Columbia River on the side of the city. The river is named after the Umatilla Tribe. The city is on the south side of the Columbia River along U.S. Route 730 and I-82.

5. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Population: 13,027
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 72
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on La Grande: Homes For Sale | Data
La Grande is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. Originally named “Brownsville,” it was forced to change its name because that name was being used for a city in Linn County. Its name comes from an early French settler, Charles Dause, who often used the phrase “La Grande” to describe the area’s beauty. The population was 13,082 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Union County. La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton.

6. Hermiston

Hermiston, Oregon

Population: 16,650
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 74
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Hermiston: Homes For Sale | Data
Hermiston is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population of 17,985 makes it the largest city in Eastern Oregon. Hermiston is the largest, and fastest-growing, city in the Hermiston-Pendleton Micropolitan Statistical Area, the eighth largest Core Based Statistical Area in Oregon with a combined population of 87,062 at the 2010 census. Hermiston sits near the junction of I-82 and I-84, & is 7 miles south of the Columbia River, Lake Wallula, and the McNary Dam. The Hermiston area has become a transportation and logistics hub due to the proximity of the I-82 and I-84 interchange, and central location between the major Pacific Northwest metropolitan areas. The city is also known for its watermelons, which are part of its branding.

7. Pendleton

Pendleton, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,684
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 78
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Pendleton: Homes For Sale | Data
Pendleton is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Developed along the Umatilla River, Pendleton was named in 1868 by the county commissioners for George H. Pendleton, Democratic candidate for vice-president in the 1864 presidential campaign. The population was 16,612 at the 2010 census, which includes approximately 1,600 inmates incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. The city is the county seat of Umatilla County.

8. Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Population: 20,943
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 101
Housing: 81
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 96
More on Klamath Falls: Homes For Sale | Data
Klamath Falls is a city in and the county seat of Klamath County, Oregon, United States. The city was originally called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867. It was named after the Link River, on whose falls the city was sited. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1893. The population was 20,840 at the 2010 census. The city is on the southeastern shore of the Upper Klamath Lake and about 25 miles north of the California-Oregon border.

9. Sweet Home

Sweet Home, Oregon

Population: 8,938
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 74
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Sweet Home: Homes For Sale | Data
Sweet Home is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,925 at the 2010 census. According to the city, “Sweet Home is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Santiam Playground’ due to its proximity to nearby lakes, rivers and the Cascade Mountains.”

10. Madras

Madras, Oregon

Population: 6,215
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 76
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Madras: Homes For Sale | Data
Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called “The Basin” after the circular valley the city is in, it is unclear whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called “Madras” that originated in the city of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India, or from the name of the city itself. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Oregon, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Oregon

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Baker City 3.5 9,790 98 89 106
2 Ontario 3.5 11,273 98 89 106
3 Milton-Freewater 9.08 7,025 85 91 105
4 Umatilla 9.58 6,864 85 91 105
5 La Grande 9.75 13,027 85 91 105
6 Hermiston 10.0 16,650 85 91 105
7 Pendleton 10.42 16,684 85 91 105
8 Klamath Falls 17.75 20,943 112 110 101
9 Sweet Home 33.83 8,938 122 116 114
10 Madras 34.08 6,215 122 116 114
11 Winston 34.5 5,352 122 116 114
12 Prineville 34.83 9,294 122 116 114
13 Lebanon 34.83 15,500 122 116 114
14 Sheridan 35.17 6,086 122 116 114
15 Sutherlin 35.17 7,761 122 116 114
16 Coos Bay 35.42 15,938 122 116 114
17 Woodburn 35.58 23,879 122 116 114
18 Springfield 35.75 59,347 122 116 114
19 Junction City 36.08 5,445 122 116 114
20 Independence 36.08 8,535 122 116 114
21 The Dalles 36.08 13,537 122 116 114
22 Monmouth 36.75 9,549 122 116 114
23 Cottage Grove 36.75 9,671 122 116 114
24 Albany 36.75 50,239 122 116 114
25 Redmond 36.75 26,186 122 116 114
26 Roseburg 36.75 21,542 122 116 114
27 Talent 37.25 6,086 122 116 114
28 Stayton 37.42 7,637 122 116 114
29 Salem 37.67 154,835 122 116 114
30 North Bend 37.67 9,679 122 116 114
31 Dallas 38.0 14,632 122 116 114
32 Grants Pass 38.0 34,454 122 116 114
33 Florence 38.25 8,412 122 116 114
34 Molalla 38.42 8,039 122 116 114
35 Keizer 38.58 36,402 122 116 114
36 Eagle Point 38.75 8,368 122 116 114
37 Cornelius 38.92 11,867 122 116 114
38 Medford 39.33 75,134 122 116 114
39 Lincoln City 39.33 7,926 122 116 114
40 Forest Grove 39.33 21,245 122 116 114
41 Silverton 39.33 9,193 122 116 114
42 Central Point 39.75 17,078 122 116 114
43 Newberg 39.92 22,063 122 116 114
44 Gresham 40.08 105,612 122 116 114
45 Sandy 40.25 9,498 122 116 114
46 Astoria 40.5 9,510 122 116 114
47 Scappoose 40.5 6,571 122 116 114
48 Milwaukie 40.83 20,391 122 116 114
49 Fairview 40.83 8,884 122 116 114
50 Newport 41.17 9,989 122 116 114
51 Troutdale 41.17 15,964 122 116 114
52 Eugene 41.42 156,222 122 116 114
53 Gladstone 41.58 11,570 122 116 114
54 Corvallis 41.75 54,341 122 116 114
55 Canby 41.92 15,770 122 116 114
56 Brookings 42.08 6,315 122 116 114
57 Oregon City 42.25 31,904 122 116 114
58 Bend 42.42 77,063 122 116 114
59 Seaside 42.58 6,441 122 116 114
60 Hood River 42.83 7,115 122 116 114
61 Portland 42.83 585,888 122 116 114
62 Beaverton 43.08 90,254 122 116 114
63 Tigard 43.25 48,366 122 116 114
64 Tualatin 43.42 26,106 122 116 114
65 Sherwood 43.58 18,088 122 116 114
66 Damascus 43.75 10,529 122 116 114
67 Wilsonville 43.92 19,262 122 116 114
68 Ashland 44.08 20,186 122 116 114
69 West Linn 44.25 25,158 122 116 114
70 Happy Valley 44.42 14,050 122 116 114
71 Lake Oswego 44.58 36,813 122 116 114

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