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.

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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:

  • 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.

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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

Source: Google Maps

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 (/jumtl/, YOO-m-TIL-) 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 /lrænd/ 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 (/klæm/ KLAM-th) (Klamath: iWLaLLoona) 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 (40 km) 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

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,215
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 76
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Madras: Homes For Sale | Data
Madras (/mædrs/ MAD-res) 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 (now Chennai) 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

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

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