Cost of Living in Portland

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 81.19
Rent Index: 49.89
Groceries Index: 82.29
Restaurants Index: 73.51
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 66.34
Local Purchasing Power: 118.49
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $ 40.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.94 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.75 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.33 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.38 $ 2.85-4.49
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.85 $ 2.00-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.97 $ 1.50-2.50
Eggs (12) 3.20 $ 2.30-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.27 $ 4.00-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.16 $ 3.00-6.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.60 $ 4.00-7.50
Apples (1 lb) 2.02 $ 1.29-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.81 $ 0.69-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.72 $ 1.00-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.38 $ 1.50-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.59-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.60-1.10
Lettuce (1 head) 1.83 $ 1.50-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 $ 1.50-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.37 $ 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.92 $ 2.00-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 5.60-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 $ 100.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.00-2.90
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.49 $ 2.10-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 17,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 123.14 $ 80.00-196.15
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.29 $ 39.00-78.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.07 $ 30.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 30.00 $ 20.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 $ 9.50-12.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.36 $ 40.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.26 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.80 $ 65.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 112.51 $ 75.00-160.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,422.27 $ 1,200.00-1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,015.19 $ 850.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,661.94 $ 2,200.00-3,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,793.66 $ 1,400.00-2,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 349.84 $ 250.00-449.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 186.61 $ 110.00-245.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,867.58 $ 1,990.00-4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.07 3.80-4.50

Prices in Portland, Oregon, United States

These data are based on 2775 entries in the past 12 months from 295 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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45 Comments so far
#El on May 19, 2016 :
How long till owners realize rents are too expensive and renters would rather camp than throw money away
#anonymous on May 16, 2016 :
Portland Oregon is filled with people who yell "cunt" to strangers on the streets. I hate it
#Steve on Apr 07, 2016 :
A job opportunity in Portland recently came up, so I've been looking at the city to determine if I'd want to live there. I feel bad reading these comments; I definitely don't want to contribute to the native population's woes! I mean, as far as rent and everything goes, supposing I were to get the job, I could afford it. Maybe I'll try to stay out of the center of the city, or commute from somewhere nearby.
#Cierra on Mar 28, 2016 :
So sad to read in the comments what is happening to Portland. I am a college student from Ohio, and my boyfriend and I are starting to research places to live for when we both graduate. I've always heard about how nice Portland is, and was originally excited to look into it. However, I don't want to contribute to the problem already at hand (and honestly, my boyfriend and I probably couldn't afford it straight out of college regardless). Oregonians, I hear you, and I'm sorry this is happening. We can look somewhere else. Best wishes.
#Evan on Mar 11, 2016 :
Its sad to see the people who have lived in the Portland Metro area pushed out by transplants that are running away from the extreme cost of living of other cities. It is maddening to see someone who has lived here for maybe a year or so tell us to move. I grew up here. I love it here. I don't blame people looking for a better option but that doesn't give you the right to tell us to move. That is the very definition of gentrification. In the past year the cost of living has grown exponentially.

I was living in NW Portland in a studio for $775 a month in 2013. That same apartment is $995 right now. Me and my wife were college students at Portland State and loved the commute, a mile and a half walk. After I graduated we had no other option but to move out to my mother-in-laws in the country. This has impacted all the surrounding cities; from Forest Grove to Gresham, from Vancouver to Wilsonville; every place to rent is beyond the current average pay scale. I am sad to say I am looking to move away from my home, my family, my memories. This isn't how things should be.

You people moving here say we are crazy for saying the prices are high don't get it and when the cost of living is tapped out to a point that you people can't even afford it you will leave and Portland will never be the same. Just to be clear though, I don't blame you. You all are looking for your place to call home too. What needs to happen is social and national change to realize they way were are doing things doesn't work for the average citizen. That you should raise people up rather then tear them down and send them away. This countries motto was, "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" now its more like, "Don't like it leave."
#Josh on Mar 11, 2016 :
Compared to the rest of the desirable cities on the west coast (best coast), Portland is an absolute steal. I still see nice houses here for less than $700,000. In Los Angeles or San Francisco, you'd be lucky to find a condo in the hood for that much. PDX is not in some isolated US State anymore, and it hasn't nearly seen how bad it can get yet... it gets much much worse folks...
#Anonymous on Feb 11, 2016 :
Don't look at the bottom it is based on 4 years ago and rent has nearly doubled. EVERYTHING has increased with the exception of our wages. How honestly can a person survive here if they are just out of college and making minimum wage with is 9.90 an hour?? Rent is around 1200-1400 a month depending on the time of year (much higher in april through october) and housing is very expensive. After living here my entire life, I am looking for somewhere to's too crowded, the traffic is bad now in addition to the prices of everything.
#Tom on Nov 09, 2015 :
The high housing costs are a direct result of the crash of 2007, and after. The way. the current administration handled the financial crisis and bankruptcies allowed big time investors to buy up houses at extremely low prices. A massive amount of assets passed hands during this time - out of the hands of home owners and into the hands of corporations. This administration, who claimed to be reigning in corporate greed, actually fueled it - by ignorance or design, I don't know. Now the corporations control the market. If you want to rent, usually you will have to deal with a corporate giant whose sole purpose for existence is to make money. Not against making money, but at the moment, in LA, the majority of housing is in the hands of those who had money to scoop them up at the right time and with a large segment of the market in their hands, they will raise rents to the maximum possible. That is the reason for high rents. Well, the other reason is government regulation and fees, but that is another issue. I do know that a high percentage of homes that were in foreclosure were never available to the average home buyer or small investor. There were deals made somewhere behind closed doors, because so many homes that were in foreclosure never had a for sale sign, or if they did, it was for one day and the home was already bought. Had personal experience with that more than once and have been watching it occur over 6 years. I've had honest real estate salesmen tell me the same, that it is a racket and should be investigated. trillions of dollars in assets changing hands - someone benefitted and it wasn't the average American. I am not against making an honest profit, but against an unlevel playing field, which is illegal gain.
#Eduardo on Nov 07, 2015 :
Hahahahaha, I live in Mexico City, your city sounds like paradise to me.
#Kate on Oct 30, 2015 :
I just recently moved here from California and it's really hard to find a job here.
#Friendly IT Guy on Oct 30, 2015 :
I work in the IT/Telecom industry. A number of my younger friends who recently received Computer Science degrees say that it's becoming extremely hard to find a job here, even in fields that are closely related to Computer Science. Cost of living has definitely increased considerably with all the new CA and NY transplants. At this point, 2015, recent college graduates are fighting over simple call center jobs, just so they can at least have some income. Yeah, the Portlandia dream is no longer as dreamy as it was portrayed to be. Peace
#Mary on Oct 27, 2015 :
Moved here in 1974 so really have lived here most of my adult life. Past 5 years or so the area has really changed. Every neighborhood has become "gentrified". So for those of you wondering about all the homeless, they are the people who use to live in the inner city and North side and now can't afford to live in their old neighborhoods. And of course the commenters here from NY and CA telling us old Portlanders that we are crazy: claiming that housing prices are cheap and traffic is a breeze are the very people who have caused the changes. Since those people have no clue what a great place Portland use to be before They escaped from God awful NYC or CA they really can't be objective about the quality of life or costs. People who lived in Portland most all their lives hate what has happened to their city. It's been turned from a decent and mellow place to live into a yuppie Disneyland. If you want gentrification, phony people, clowns like Mr NYC and Ms San Diego as your neighbors, then this place is for you. For the rest of us, you people ruined our city.
#Anonymous on Oct 04, 2015 :
it is becoming very difficult to find any open apartments or houses in portland. its a total rat race to find a place to rent or buy. developers simply can't build apartments quick enough to keep up with the sudden influx of out of staters. housing market is going up around $30,000 a year on the houses I've been buying and selling. extremely low vacancy rate. traffic increasing quickly without the trans system to handle it. employment is also becoming increasingly hard to find in the city. rent for many people has gone up $400.00 in one month, and again some months later. an apartment that was $600.00 two years ago would easily be $1,200 now, if it were actually available.

no one seems to know why so many people are moving here so quickly.
it does seem like that many of the things that made portland unique have so quickly changed. over 115,000 out of staters have moved here in the last few years alone. The incredibly quickly climbing prices are pushing out the locals and making room for a much richer crowd.

this is a very common discussion in portland now and there have been many articles on the subject.
#Pkbeatty on Sep 15, 2015 :
Portland traffic is bad? What type of delusional state are you in? 30 mph on the interstate around city center is not "gridlocked", in fact, that's not even bad for small town rush hour traffic. Sounds like a bunch of disgruntled people that are pouting that they don't have it as good as they used to have it.

Wake up, for city life, it's still cheap. Go ahead and move, you'll find that it is more expensive in any other comparable city... In other words, Cleveland doesn't count. We don't want your sour butt anyway.
#Anonymous on Sep 04, 2015 :
These people are crazy! Portland is an extreamly nice place to live. San Diego is where I previously lived, comparing the two is like comparing Apples and oranges. Portland is such an inexpensive place to live, I have been here for three years and it still blows my mind! Minimum wage is higher, housing cost is lower, many places are very pet friendly, there's no sales tax & it's extreamly easy to find a job. This city is full of friendly people and wonderful education opportunities for all ages. before moving here i was struggling just to survive, and now I can actually live my life and go do things. I would highly recommend moving to Portland to anybody.
##Rebecca on Aug 25, 2015 :
My husband has a chance to be transferred to Oregon where originally from Texas been living in Kansas for the last (4) years so I thought that would be a nice change kids grown I can't even find a decent house in my price range and an apartment OMG I have family in Oregon never realized it was so expensive to live there and after reading all these comments I really don't think I want to live there anymore are other option is Tennessee or we could go back to Texas :/
#Anita on Aug 22, 2015 :
We've lived in Portland since 1998 and have raised our children here.I personally love the climate, having been born and raised in snowy Ohio. But, I have to agree with most people. It's gotten very VERY expensive to rent in all areas around Portland. Our grown children with their children have found it nearly impossible to find a safe, decent place to live. And yes, most rentals require 3x the rent in income. More and more apartments and townhouses are always being built. And, let me tell you, you'll end up living so close to your neighbors, that even a whisper will be heard. Oregon is beautiful and personally, it's a great place to live. But, be prepared to pay for it. High rent, high cost of dinning out and entertainment,and tons of traffic...We don't have a sales tax, but trust me, you'll end up paying more in State taxes. The ongoing outlook is just a whole lot more of overcrowding and increases in daily living. We moved last year to Salem. The costs are less but then it's Salem not Portland.
#Paramesh on Aug 09, 2015 :
If I got a job in Portland how much salary I should expect?. Includes my all expenses?. Please can anyone advice me?.
#Barry on Jul 14, 2015 :
A lot more expensive to live in San Diego. Not only do we have state tax but also SALES Tax
#Escaping Dark Depressing Portland! on Jul 12, 2015 :
No, Portland, Oregon is not a NICE place to live if you want quality of life, been here 5 years, moving out. Rent has gone up $400 this year, can't even find a reasonable place to live on my salary. The people are grouchy, the food sucks and there are many stoned people on bikes who think they are invincible and walk out in front of cars! There are bums everywhere, the traffic is a nightmare! Some Realestate investors are pumping a lot of junk into the media so people will move to Portland, Oregon. My advice if you want good quality of life, RUN!

PS. it was cloudy here for about five months straight, keep that in mind about Portland, it's a lot more depressing than you might thinkā€¦.
#Oldcreative on Jun 27, 2015 :
I've lived in Portland for almost 70 years and watched it change in ways both good and bad. At this point automobile traffic has reached gridlock as thousands more cars compete for space on essentially the same old infrastructure. There are thousands of new apartment units going up everywhere and every empty lot has a new particleboard palace. We can't plant a tree or paint our house without wondering if some developer will just scrape it up and dump it. It's getting very tight and very overpriced as more and more people come here looking for the American Dream. We never used to have so much obvious homelessness, street kids, panhandlers, gangs, and unemployed youth. I would love to see people work to make where they reside a more wonderful place and stop coming to Oregon to exploit what Oregonians have managed to save.
#NYer on Jun 26, 2015 :
All you people complaining about the rent and taxes in Portland are funny.
#Anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 :
Don't move here. You will be adding to the problem. I am a born and raised Oregonian and everyone I grew up with can no longer afford to live here. Even our parents who are retired are having to move out of the area due to the constant increase in living costs due to people moving here to be part of this trend. Portland and greater Oregon doesn't want you! Get it? There's no room. So stay on the east coast or the Midwest, or wherever you are thinking of moving from. You will not be receive a warm welcome from the locals. We all seriously resent all of you for destroying our home. Sincerely, one pissed of Oregon native.
#Stuck in Portland on Jun 11, 2015 :
It's really not the dream place to live. Prices are really starting to rise with everyone flocking here at the same time. Investors are buying up many of the properties. Wages are not rising with the housing costs. Gentrification is pushing out all of the locals, especially many in the African American community to the fringes. It's really sad. If you move here, you'll contribute to that.
#Belle Smolczynski on Mar 17, 2015 :
I am planning to go to college in Portland and will be moving down there and into an apartment with a couple roommates, does anyone have any advice or tips for me?
#anonymouse on Mar 07, 2015 :
Portland is for the rich. I have been looking to buy a house, I am not poor/low income. What I am willing to afford has baseboard heat and 30k in repairs. You are already under water or paying out so much to heat the place you better not have an emergency. Rents are ridiculous here. Wages do not come close to matching the cost of living. A studio apt now rents for $950 to $1150 a month if your lucky. To rent an apt you have to make 3 times the rent. #frank - those 1 bedrooms are not $795 and you can only make 24k a year in order to get one. I have lived all over the country and Portland has just gotten stupid. Unemployment is going up and crime is increasing.
#The Native on Feb 25, 2015 :
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. You might consider that before moving here...
#raeanna on Feb 24, 2015 :
Dang, im only a teenager looking where I want to go to college and I have had Portland Oregon on my mind for a while. Now that I see this page makes me want to move there now. Right now I am living in Long Beach, California. The prices in Portland seems a lot cheaper in restaurants than where im at right now. Now I just cant wait till im in college.
#atikus on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hey dum dums that option to change to imperial... Yeah click it.
#Skyport 7 on Sep 30, 2014 :
Hi John, thanks for the link about Portland OR.

Still, it sounds like a wonderful place .. a lot cheaper than Australia and I like the creative buzz about Portland OR.


It's super cheap compared to Melbourne .. I looked via the link and there's tons of houses/condo's from under $100K
and under $200K

In Melbourne the average 3 bed house in a good area is $850K to $1.4M and 2 bed condo's $550K - $700K

Here property prices have rises 400 - 500% over the past 15 years (in good suburbs) and most of the rises have been
just in the past 7 years.

So for me looking at Portland OR it looks very affordable and a good place for self employed people and entrepreneurs.
#John on Sep 23, 2014 :
Here the real story on Portland.
#Odyssey on Jul 31, 2014 :
Portland OR is the new creative hub for Internet content creators, software developers, hit music songwriters, recorded music producers, artists, audio drama producers, comic book and e-book creators, quirky retail shops, coffee culture, pop-up cafes.. Portland provides a civilised way of life at an affordable cost..
#Jesus on Jul 31, 2014 :
I moved there at start of 2013 after 12 years in NYC and 5 in SF. So far, i LOVED it here. As for rent, I actually owe several rentals .. and rents seem reasonable to people diff professions unlike NY and SF. 2 bedrooms on SE 39th and SE Gladstone rent for just under 1k, 3 bedrooms on N Williams near Tasty and Son for $1400/month, 1 bedroom in Dekum for $800, 2 bedroom in Dekum for $1250, 1 bedroom in St Johns for $775.
#Anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 :
Anyone moving to Portland: please consider giving something back for the beauty you'll enjoy by volunteering for at least one day with Ivy League. Ivy is killing our forests. Please help, if you move here, by volunteering to get rid of English Ivy (or by doing some other meaningful thing for our / your new community). Get involved... thank you.
#Tebo on May 06, 2014 :
this is stupid... liters, meters???? WHAT
#CoCo The Baboon on Apr 19, 2014 :
Actually Portland OR is "The Place" to relocate to. The art, music and writing community are shifting from Los Angeles California
to Portland OR because California has become too expensive and too crowded.

Portland OR the rents are low, house prices are better than in CA and you can still continue to run your creative enterprise
and reach the world via the Internet without any problems.

The climate is perfect for those who prefer the cooler/milder weather and for those who love the greenery of lush green grass,
forests, gardens and scenic drives. Great place for the self employed and the adventurous.
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 :
I know few people here in Portland who have a disposal income of $2848 mo, as stated in your statistics. Minimum wage remains low at $9+ hr, with high taxes. Most people, particularly young and old singles, are struggling, with many living 2-3 to an apartment.
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 :
Portland rents are rising quickly. It is unlikely to find a 1 bdrm apt in the downtown core, meaning close-in ne, se, sw, or nw, for less than $1000 right now. Many studios - 450 sq ft or so - are now renting for 900-1000 mo. In the outlying areas there are still rents to be had for 550-800, but then youre dealing with the traffic nightmare if you work regular 9-5 hours.
#taylor on Jan 23, 2014 :
at the anonymous commenter: I am pretty sure they are talking about Boise, Portland, Oregon which is one of the neighborhoods in Portland.
#Hamed Alghamdi on Jan 05, 2014 :
Hi it's bad idea to travel in this bad please I mean it's for jobs and student and employees because it's not expansive and the transportation is very nice in the city but if you want to hangout to travel there is no place to go better to site at your apartment.
#Sandra Brown on Nov 17, 2013 :
Please give comparison for rent, utilities and CPI. Also does Oregon have state tax on Social Security income?
#Mladen Adamovic on Dec 06, 2012 :
I'll push update to allow user to see results in Imperial measurements.
#Michele on Dec 05, 2012 :

Love this website, but rather confused. Why are you showing measurements in metric when the US is using (thankfully) Imperial measurements?
#mike on Sep 18, 2012 :
One of my entries was flagged. I believe the rent one and the one about a meal for two. i thought the meal for two was one so double that figure. and the rent one is what I pay
#frank on Sep 18, 2012 :
I live in a 600sqft apartment 1 bedroom right outside of downtown and i pay 700 utilities included. There ar eplenty of income restricted apartments to be had for 500 or so for a one bedroom if you make less than like 30k a year. There are plenty of studios and one bedrooms to be dhad between 500-800 in favorable areas you just have to do the footwork. You rarely find the adds online your best bet is to go to the neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and call the numbers on the sides ofthe apartment building.

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