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Cost of Living in Portland, OR, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 75.90
Rent Index: 41.62
Groceries Index: 76.24
Restaurants Index: 68.65
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 58.44
Local Purchasing Power: 133.21

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 $
7.99
14.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.50 $
35.00
66.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $
5.00
7.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.50 $
3.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.00 $
3.50
5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.80 $
3.50
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.71 $
1.00
2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.47 $
1.00
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.21 $
2.59
3.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.79 $
2.00
3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.16 $
1.00
2.99
Eggs (12) 2.86 $
1.99
3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.28 $
2.99
8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.53 $
2.50
7.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.38 $
1.00
1.63
Oranges (1 lb) 1.37 $
1.00
2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.29 $
1.00
1.50
Potato (1 lb) 0.74 $
0.45
1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.56 $
1.00
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.90 $
1.50
2.09
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
10.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.12 $
2.00
2.30
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.10 $
1.65
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.50 $
5.50
7.50
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 $
2.00
2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $
2.00
2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $
30.00
50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.69 $
2.11
3.29
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $
19,000.00
26,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 139.14 $
87.50
200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $
0.08
0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.20 $
45.00
80.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.85 $
30.00
60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.84 $
15.67
30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
10.00
13.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.83 $
35.00
50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.81 $
23.99
40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.73 $
65.00
85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.48 $
65.00
120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,230.00 $
900.00
1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 900.00 $
700.00
1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,353.89 $
2,000.00
2,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,733.33 $
1,300.00
2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 210.92 $
200.00
221.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 161.10 $
134.40
200.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,541.88 $
1,700.00
3,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.40
3.75
6.50

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Last update: June, 2015

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26 Comments so far

#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.

Housing...

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. http://johnmcbride.com/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 :
Hi,

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.
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 :
How can you possibly say Boise is more expensive than Portland? You really got your statistics wrong by a long shot. For $1500 I can have a palace in Boise, whereas in Portland I would be getting a small house or an apartment. The cost of living is much higher in Oregon than Idaho. Portland's prices are getting closer and closer to Seattle's. Almost any apartment in downtown Portland now that is a 1 bedrooms is over $1000/mo. The Pearl district is very expensive and many 1 bedrooms will go for even $1500.00/mo. 2000sq ft houses in the Hawthorne and Irvington districts are selling for over $800,000.

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