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.
- Baker City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ontario (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milton-Freewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Umatilla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Grande (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hermiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pendleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Klamath Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sweet Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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 some more reading about Oregon and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Beaver State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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. Oregon 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.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Oregon according to the data:
- Lake Oswego
- Happy Valley
- West Linn
For more Oregon reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oregon
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Oregon
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Oregon
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Oregon