These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Oregon


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:

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

If you’re wondering, Baker City is the most affordable city in Oregon.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Oregon.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Lake Oswego, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,310
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 229
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

2. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 209
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

3. West Linn

West Linn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,710
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 188
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

4. Ashland

Ashland, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,412
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

5. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,335
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 170
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

6. Damascus

Damascus, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,711
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 168
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

7. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 162
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

8. Tualatin

Tualatin, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,604
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 158
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

9. Tigard

Tigard, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,633
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 151
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

10. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,593
Services Index: 122
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 144
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 89

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 exensive city in the Beaver State.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Oregon

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Lake Oswego 1 37,310 122 116 114 229 111 89
Happy Valley 2 15,693 122 116 114 209 111 89
West Linn 3 25,710 122 116 114 188 111 89
Ashland 4 20,412 122 116 114 171 111 89
Wilsonville 5 20,335 122 116 114 170 111 89
Damascus 6 10,711 122 116 114 168 111 89
Sherwood 7 18,687 122 116 114 162 111 89
Tualatin 8 26,604 122 116 114 158 111 89
Tigard 9 49,633 122 116 114 151 111 89
Beaverton 10 92,593 122 116 114 144 111 89
Hood River 11 7,311 122 116 114 141 111 89
Portland 12 602,568 122 116 114 141 111 89
Seaside 13 6,481 122 116 114 139 111 89
Bend 14 79,698 122 116 114 137 111 89
Oregon City 15 33,834 122 116 114 136 111 89
Brookings 16 6,350 122 116 114 135 111 89
Canby 17 16,821 122 116 114 129 111 89
Corvallis 18 54,735 122 116 114 127 111 89
Gladstone 19 11,668 122 116 114 126 111 89
Eugene 20 158,131 122 116 114 123 111 89
Newport 21 10,045 122 116 114 122 111 89
Troutdale 22 16,339 122 116 114 122 111 89
Milwaukie 23 20,449 122 116 114 120 111 89
Fairview 24 9,094 122 116 114 120 111 89
Astoria 25 9,503 122 116 114 119 111 89
Scappoose 26 6,778 122 116 114 119 111 89
Sandy 27 9,945 122 116 114 118 111 89
Gresham 28 108,250 122 116 114 117 111 89
Newberg 29 22,451 122 116 114 116 111 89
Central Point 30 17,443 122 116 114 115 111 89
Silverton 31 9,342 122 116 114 114 111 89
Forest Grove 32 22,070 122 116 114 114 111 89
Lincoln City 33 7,977 122 116 114 114 111 89
Medford 34 76,648 122 116 114 114 111 89
Cornelius 35 12,068 122 116 114 111 111 89
Eagle Point 36 8,599 122 116 114 110 111 89
Keizer 37 36,875 122 116 114 109 111 89
Mcminnville 38 32,839 122 116 114 108 111 89
Molalla 39 8,247 122 116 114 106 111 89
Florence 40 8,498 122 116 114 103 111 89
Grants Pass 41 34,916 122 116 114 102 111 89
Dallas 42 14,788 122 116 114 102 111 89
North Bend 43 9,591 122 116 114 101 111 89
Salem 44 157,967 122 116 114 101 111 89
Stayton 45 7,719 122 116 114 100 111 89
Talent 46 6,164 122 116 114 98 111 89
Redmond 47 27,002 122 116 114 94 111 89
Roseburg 48 21,858 122 116 114 94 111 89
Albany 49 51,210 122 116 114 94 111 89
Monmouth 50 9,769 122 116 114 94 111 89
Cottage Grove 51 9,772 122 116 114 94 111 89
The Dalles 52 15,068 122 116 114 93 111 89
Independence 53 8,654 122 116 114 93 111 89
Junction City 54 5,566 122 116 114 93 111 89
Springfield 55 59,882 122 116 114 92 111 89
Woodburn 56 24,282 122 116 114 91 111 89
Coos Bay 57 16,022 122 116 114 88 111 89
Sutherlin 58 7,776 122 116 114 86 111 89
Sheridan 59 6,081 122 116 114 86 111 89
Prineville 60 9,184 122 116 114 84 111 89
Lebanon 61 15,761 122 116 114 84 111 89
Winston 62 5,356 122 116 114 81 111 89
Madras 63 6,419 122 116 114 76 111 89
Sweet Home 64 9,042 122 116 114 74 111 89
Klamath Falls 65 21,165 112 110 101 81 106 96
Pendleton 66 16,830 85 91 105 78 104 89
Hermiston 67 17,031 85 91 105 74 104 89
La Grande 68 13,090 85 91 105 72 104 89
Umatilla 69 6,998 85 91 105 70 104 89
Ontario 70 11,148 98 89 106 69 92 86
Milton-Freewater 71 7,094 85 91 105 68 104 89
Baker City 72 9,774 98 89 106 69 92 86

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