These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Oregon


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 72 largest places in Oregon, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Baker City
  2. Ontario
  3. Milton-Freewater
  4. Umatilla
  5. La Grande
  6. Hermiston
  7. Pendleton
  8. Klamath Falls
  9. Sweet Home
  10. Madras

So listen up Lake Oswego as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Beaver State

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 72 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.

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1. Baker City

Baker City, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,790
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 69
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

2. Ontario

Ontario, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,273
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 69
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

3. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,025
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 68
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

4. Umatilla

Umatilla, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,864
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 70
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

5. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,027
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 72
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

6. Hermiston

Hermiston, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,650
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 74
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

7. Pendleton

Pendleton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,684
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 78
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

8. Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,943
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 81
Transportation: 106
Utiltiies: 96

9. Sweet Home

Sweet Home, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,938
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 74
Transportation: 111
Utiltiies: 89

10. Madras

Madras, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,215
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 76
Transportation: 111
Utiltiies: 89

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Oregon

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Baker City 1 9,790 98 89 106
Ontario 2 11,273 98 89 106
Milton-Freewater 3 7,025 85 91 105
Umatilla 4 6,864 85 91 105
La Grande 5 13,027 85 91 105
Hermiston 6 16,650 85 91 105
Pendleton 7 16,684 85 91 105
Klamath Falls 8 20,943 112 110 101
Sweet Home 9 8,938 122 116 114
Madras 10 6,215 122 116 114
Winston 11 5,352 122 116 114
Prineville 12 9,294 122 116 114
Lebanon 13 15,500 122 116 114
Sutherlin 14 7,761 122 116 114
Sheridan 15 6,086 122 116 114
Coos Bay 16 15,938 122 116 114
Woodburn 17 23,879 122 116 114
Springfield 18 59,347 122 116 114
The Dalles 19 13,537 122 116 114
Junction City 20 5,445 122 116 114
Independence 21 8,535 122 116 114
Roseburg 22 21,542 122 116 114
Albany 23 50,239 122 116 114
Redmond 24 26,186 122 116 114
Monmouth 25 9,549 122 116 114
Cottage Grove 26 9,671 122 116 114
Talent 27 6,086 122 116 114
Stayton 28 7,637 122 116 114
North Bend 29 9,679 122 116 114
Salem 30 154,835 122 116 114
Grants Pass 31 34,454 122 116 114
Dallas 32 14,632 122 116 114
Florence 33 8,412 122 116 114
Molalla 34 8,039 122 116 114
Mcminnville 35 32,092 122 116 114
Keizer 36 36,402 122 116 114
Eagle Point 37 8,368 122 116 114
Cornelius 38 11,867 122 116 114
Lincoln City 39 7,926 122 116 114
Medford 40 75,134 122 116 114
Forest Grove 41 21,245 122 116 114
Silverton 42 9,193 122 116 114
Central Point 43 17,078 122 116 114
Newberg 44 22,063 122 116 114
Gresham 45 105,612 122 116 114
Sandy 46 9,498 122 116 114
Astoria 47 9,510 122 116 114
Scappoose 48 6,571 122 116 114
Fairview 49 8,884 122 116 114
Milwaukie 50 20,391 122 116 114
Newport 51 9,989 122 116 114
Troutdale 52 15,964 122 116 114
Eugene 53 156,222 122 116 114
Gladstone 54 11,570 122 116 114
Corvallis 55 54,341 122 116 114
Canby 56 15,770 122 116 114
Brookings 57 6,315 122 116 114
Oregon City 58 31,904 122 116 114
Bend 59 77,063 122 116 114
Seaside 60 6,441 122 116 114
Hood River 61 7,115 122 116 114
Portland 62 585,888 122 116 114
Beaverton 63 90,254 122 116 114
Tigard 64 48,366 122 116 114
Tualatin 65 26,106 122 116 114
Sherwood 66 18,088 122 116 114
Damascus 67 10,529 122 116 114
Wilsonville 68 19,262 122 116 114
Ashland 69 20,186 122 116 114
West Linn 70 25,158 122 116 114
Happy Valley 71 14,050 122 116 114
Lake Oswego 72 36,813 122 116 114

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