Cost of Living in Portland

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.50-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $ 50.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.63 $ 3.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.35 $ 2.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.92 $ 1.25-3.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.34 $ 2.50-5.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.88 $ 1.59-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.26 $ 0.90-4.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.14 $ 1.59-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.82 $ 3.25-17.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.76 $ 3.00-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.61 $ 4.99-16.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.55 $ 1.10-5.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.85 $ 0.60-1.76
Oranges (1 lb) 2.45 $ 0.78-5.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.48 $ 1.00-5.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.81 $ 0.45-1.49
Onion (1 lb) 0.85 $ 0.45-1.29
Lettuce (1 head) 1.97 $ 1.00-3.09
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.94 $ 0.89-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 8.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.45 $ 1.57-7.14
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.54 $ 1.60-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 8.00-11.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 $ 80.00-125.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 2.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.30-2.60
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.50 $ 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.14 $ 3.64-4.90
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) 22,754.15 $ 20,000.00-29,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 194.36 $ 125.00-304.98
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) 69.28 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.62 $ 15.00-150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.25 $ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-16.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,400.00 $ 1,000.00-1,750.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,163.00 $ 15,000.00-24,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.59 $ 35.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.71 $ 29.99-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.88 $ 69.00-147.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 124.23 $ 85.00-170.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,728.65 $ 1,400.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,392.86 $ 1,200.00-1,750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,212.50 $ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,253.33 $ 1,800.00-3,100.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 506.69 $ 400.00-600.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 283.21 $ 200.00-380.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,340.19 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.64 2.80-5.00

Prices in Portland, Oregon

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Last update: May 2022
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5 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.