These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Oregon For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oregon that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Oregon does this very well. Families love the Beaver State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Oregon that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Oregon for 2018:

  1. Lake Oswego (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Happy Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. West Linn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ashland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wilsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Damascus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tualatin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tigard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Beaverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Baker City (the cheapest place to live in Oregon) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

1. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Population: 36,813
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 229
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Lake Oswego: Homes For Sale | Data
Lake Oswego is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon’s brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.

2. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Population: 14,050
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 209
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Happy Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

3. West Linn

West Linn, Oregon

Population: 25,158
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 188
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on West Linn: Homes For Sale | Data
West Linn is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Now a southern suburb within the Portland metropolitan area, West Linn has a history of early development, prompted by the opportunity to harvest energy from nearby Willamette Falls. It was named after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, who had advocated the American occupation of Oregon as a counterclaim to the British. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 25,109.

4. Ashland

Ashland, Oregon

Population: 20,186
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 171
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Ashland: Homes For Sale | Data
Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. As of 2015, the city’s population was approaching 21,000.

5. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

Population: 19,262
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 170
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Wilsonville: Homes For Sale | Data
Wilsonville is a city primarily in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A portion of the northern section of the city is in Washington County. It was founded as Boones Landing because of the Boones Ferry which crossed the Willamette River at the location; the community became Wilsonville in 1880. The city was incorporated in 1969 with a population of approximately 1,000. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and grew to 19,509 as of 2010. Slightly more than 90% of residents at the 2000 census were white, with Hispanics comprising the largest minority group.

6. Damascus

Damascus, Oregon

Population: 10,529
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 168
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Damascus: Homes For Sale | Data
Damascus is an unincorporated community and former city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Established in 1867, it was first incorporated in 2004 and was disincorporated July 18, 2016 upon voters’ decision on May 17, 2016. Damascus is located east of Happy Valley and Interstate 205 and west of Boring. The area that later became the city had a population of 9,022 in 2000. The population was 10,539 residents as of the 2010 census.

7. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

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Population: 18,088
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 162
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Sherwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Sherwood is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of the 2010 census, Sherwood had a population of 18,194 residents. The city’s population for 2014 was estimated to be 18,978 by the U.S. Census. Sherwood was first incorporated in 1893 as a town. Originally named Smockville after its founder, James Christopher Smock, the town was given its current name by local businessman Robert Alexander in 1891, who likely named it after his hometown of Sherwood, Michigan.

8. Tualatin

Tualatin, Oregon

Population: 26,106
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 158
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Tualatin: Homes For Sale | Data
Tualatin is a city located primarily in Washington County in the State of Oregon. A small portion of the city is also located in neighboring Clackamas County. It is a southwestern suburb in the Portland Metropolitan Area that is located south of Tigard. The population was 26,054 at the 2010 census.

9. Tigard

Tigard, Oregon

Public domain

Population: 48,366
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 151
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Tigard: Homes For Sale | Data
Tigard is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. The population was 48,035 at the 2010 census. As of 2007, Tigard was the state’s 12th largest city. Incorporated in 1961, the city is located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area. Interstate 5 and Oregon Route 217 are the main freeways in the city, with Oregon Route 99W and Oregon Route 210 serving as other major highways. Public transit service is provided by TriMet, via several bus routes and the WES Commuter Rail line.

10. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Public domain

Population: 90,254
Services: 122
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 114
Housing: 144
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 89
More on Beaverton: Homes For Sale | Data
Beaverton is a city in Washington County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city center is 7 miles west of downtown Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. As of the 2010 census, the population is 89,803. This makes it the second-largest city in the county and Oregon’s sixth-largest city. Fire protection and EMS services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Oregon Map
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 most 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Oregon that have the highest cost of living, with Lake Oswego ranking as the most expensive city in the Beaver State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Oregon:

  1. Baker City
  2. Ontario
  3. Milton-Freewater

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Oregon

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

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