Cost of Living in Portland

Summary about cost of living in Portland, OR, United States:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 8.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 45.50-95.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.25 $ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.50 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.50 $ 4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.13 $ 2.75-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.07 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.59 $ 1.00-2.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.20 $ 2.50-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.76 $ 1.00-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.88 $ 0.95-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.90 $ 1.89-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.16 $ 3.00-15.99
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.88 $ 2.00-8.49
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.64 $ 4.00-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.15 $ 0.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.50-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.80 $ 0.99-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.34 $ 0.98-3.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.35-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.13 $ 0.50-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.75 $ 1.00-3.67
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.85 $ 1.00-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 8.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.77 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.76 $ 1.50-6.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.50 $ 6.00-10.00
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 $ 100.00-110.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $ 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.08 $ 2.59-3.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 22,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,403.74 $ 19,500.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 186.54 $ 115.91-302.42
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.02-0.16
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 66.12 $ 50.00-82.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 38.53 $ 20.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.00 $ 5.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,248.31 $ 900.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,767.88 $ 15,000.00-26,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.14 $ 30.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.84 $ 19.99-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.25 $ 50.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 100.32 $ 60.00-180.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,526.76 $ 1,200.00-1,850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,228.74 $ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,671.81 $ 2,004.00-3,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,919.66 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 378.58 $ 300.00-600.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 239.69 $ 200.00-300.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,854.73 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.74 3.00-4.30

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11 Comments so far
Dana on Sep 18, 2019:
Guys, no joke, you all talk like Portland is the only place In The World where cost of living outstrips living wage. Where I live, a few thousand miles across the ocean, it's exactly the same. People flock to where I live because it's by the sea, beautiful, good schools etc. They don't see the other side of it because they come here for vacations to the gorgeous beaches and countryside, look around at the scenery and think it's paradise without understanding how it is for those who live here all the time (does that sound familiar!). Unfortunately we have all suffered in the recession, everyone in Europe. High streets and formerly busy centres are like ghost towns in some locations. Businesses have closed dramatically, jobs are hard to find, we also have terrible public transport here so you must drive if you want to do anything reliable. Yet, rent still increases. Cost of living is crazy. My house is €2000 a month (4 bed 2 bath and I have 2 kids), I earn €8.50 p/h but my partner €16 in his employment. So you see it's not so different around the world. Nowhere is perfect! I loved Portland very much when I visited in April, and last year in the early autumn, all of Oregon in fact. But I know what it's like to have people view your home through rose coloured glasses.
Shelly on May 13, 2019:
How is the overall cost of living per month for one person less than the cost of rent for a month?
van on Apr 20, 2019:
As it always has been, adaptability is the key to survival. The same goes for Portland. Adapt and survive, or go somewhere else. Can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen. Seems basic to me.
Anonymous on Sep 29, 2018:
If you move to Gresham the cost of living immediately drops by 50%...but for some reason people are afraid of Gresham even though crime, noise, traffic, etc is severely lower than the Portland side.
Anonymous on Jul 19, 2018:
The population of Portland has more than doubled in 8 years. Too fast for the city to handle. They can't build condos and apartments fast enough. Rent and Home values also have more than doubled in that time but income hasn't risen at all. Unfortunately most people that have to move out are those that grew up here. I was lucky enough to get into the housing market before the explosion. Bought my first house in 2013 for $150,000. Its worth over $350,000 now 5 years later.
Notsharing on Jul 26, 2017:
I am not disagreeing with either side, just want to share one point.

I see many people complained about rent increased at roughly $300-400 a year. The administration in the greater Portland area keep pumping money into their pet (and trendy) projects. Almost all the real "needed" project are funded from the backdoor (Bond measure added to your property tax). Almost everything they asked are approved for two simple reasons: 1. It is always the necessary projects that are 'at risk' (since money are always spent on pet projects); 2. Every voter (property owner or not) decide whether the property owner pays for the bonds... I don't really have a lot of problem with every voter vote for what the measures. Just make sure everyone knows what they are voting for. I am not a landlord, but for the house that my family residence, we almost constantly see new bond measures add on to our property tax, every year. In general, about $500 worth of new ones per year, every year.

On top of that, cost of living increase for everyone, home owner or not, so where would the landlord find new money to pay for the new property taxes every year? Both side agree that cost of the property raised, so how could one expect the cost of renting the same property (that cost more now) to remain the same? When the property goes up, the owner do not actually benefit from it until they sell the property, except, property tax goes up with the property value.

Again, I am not a landlord. I am not a better (or worse) person just because I decided to worked very hard to own my home, many years ago. I don't feel renters or owners are any better or worse that others. I am just sharing my 2 cents for what its worth. Please don;t hate me.
Anonymous on Jun 01, 2017:
Breaking News!

Morons plagued the internet. Possibly contagious, so avoid reading comments involving inequality, racism, feminism, or so on. Several suspects have been sighted committing crimes involving ignorance towards real life events, and bringing irrelevant topics to places they don't need to bring it.

Inequality has been discovered to be a social idea meant to be senseless propaganda for those who don't want to actually work to get somewhere in life. Examples? Try liberals, or blacks that are unemployed due to poor high school choices where "School teaches me nothing about the real world." and where they think they could skip classes constantly.

Remember, world, that slavery happened too long ago for anyone to claim it affects them now, and that equality is NOT the same as equity. Equality is already happening, so stop claiming it isn't. Inequity is happening, which is currently being worked on by the people with brains.

So, please shut up about stuff you don't understand (ex. racism, sexism, employment discrimination, etc.), because it isn't because you're you. It's because you aren't qualified, or the employer felt you weren't. Inequality is when you aren't given the same opportunity. Everyone is, so please reframe your arguments. :-)


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Take all your arguments and complaints and shove them up your fourth point of contact! :-D
Joan on Mar 02, 2017:
This information is just not accurate...Maybe for the cheapest quality ever. Portland has become e expensive, unfortunately...
Mary on Feb 07, 2017:
You don't say whether it's daily, weekly or monthly. I don't like being shafted by information that seems incomplete. None of this shows adequate for living in Oregon. Course it feels like those who are in charge don't want to admit it and want to make it extremely hard to reach the truth
EK on Jan 17, 2017:
Where there's a lot of money, you can be assured that the cost of living went through the roof. Portland was recently names the 12th most affluent city in the USA. That's been the problem in Portland- seemingly a desireable place to live... but only if you're in the top 25% of wage earners. A 1 br. apartment in town runs about $1500/mo. 2 br. $1753/mo. Even at our (very high) min. wage of $9.50/hr, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that kind of salary just doesn't stretch- even if it's two wage earners.

The irony is this- for a city where "Equity" is the new catch-phrase, income inequality has never been as high as it is now. Net result- if you're affluent, young, liberal, white, and childless- Portland is a great place to live. The less affluent have been pushed out of the city, and families have retreated to the suburbs and exoburbs (with the obligatory lengthy commute).
Jack on Jan 05, 2017:
If you cant afford the cost of living in Portland, maybe you should find a better job or move to the suburbs. "But I don't want to live in the suburbs" Tough, you don't always get what you want. Its your own fault that you never purchased a house here. I'll bet if you had purchased a home on the east side for 300k in 2009, and then years later it was valued at 700k, I doubt you would be complaining and crying about the cost of housing. Its called an investment, if you're not willing to take a risk, rent and pay much less without taking any. That's the trade off. Why renters feel as though they should be able to pay the same price for an apartment as long as they live there, just blows my mind. If you can't afford it, go somewhere else. Also, this is coming from someone born and raised here who currently rents, not that it should matter at all.