Cost of Living in Portland

Summary about cost of living in Portland:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.00 $ 9.00-24.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 40.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.50-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.23 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.98 $ 1.50-2.75
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.32 $ 2.50-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.88 $ 1.89-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.06 $ 1.25-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.03 $ 1.75-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.68 $ 4.00-11.50
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.25 $ 3.00-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.12 $ 4.50-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.00-3.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.68 $ 0.50-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.70 $ 0.99-2.99
Tomato (1 lb) 2.05 $ 1.00-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.03 $ 0.40-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.08 $ 0.59-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.84 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 1.00-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.11 $ 1.49-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.88 $ 2.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 5.60-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
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) 3.50 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.06-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $ 30.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.24 $ 2.84-3.58
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,665.65 $ 18,500.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 161.33 $ 97.59-258.54
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.10-0.18
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.31 $ 50.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.93 $ 26.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.91 $ 5.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,165.33 $ 800.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,718.67 $ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.20 $ 35.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.37 $ 25.00-55.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.12 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 92.17 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,562.19 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,169.16 $ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,804.79 $ 2,000.00-3,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,948.86 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 363.64 $ 289.00-500.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 244.54 $ 200.00-300.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,749.43 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.15 3.50-5.00

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Last update: February 2020
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26 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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#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.
#Bob on Oct 03, 2016 :
We're tech industry workers (NOT from California), and Portland is getting too expensive for us. We wanted to buy a house here, but we're looking at moving someplace more affordable if we can find jobs.
#Anonymous on Aug 16, 2016 :
And so everyone is clear and understands our rent was raised by $300 a month all at once, raising the rent from 8.9k to 13.8k a year in a single year is pretty tough to swallow.
#Anonymous on Aug 16, 2016 :
Family of 3 displaced by rising costs.

Our rent went up $300 this year alone. My wife has been here her whole life and myself 6 years. In this short time it has been an EXPLOSION of costs and MORE PEOPLE with NO WAGE INCREASE for the common worker. Yes, our jobs have provided raises(occasionally) but that is from hard work and does not cover the increase in cost of living. This is a real problem for ANY Oregonian, whether you have been here for a day or a decade it will effect you.

We are forced to leave now and we wish anyone who is moving here the best.

Please be aware that things are changing very fast and a good future here will need to be planned and executed in a very specific way. Just take into account an additional 16% savings or something so you have a prepaid plan... jic

New laws have made it so a 90 day increase notice is given but there is no cap on the increase, with the law stating that Landlords can in fact match prices, no mater what the price is it will just keep going UP. Our went up a whopping $300 in one year... BEWARE AND BE CAREFUL WHEN PLANNING A MOVE HERE
#Anonymous on Aug 10, 2016 :
Hope everyone moving here realizes that they are putting families out of their homes.
#Anonymous on Jul 30, 2016 :
Do you know or understand why the natives of Oregon resent tranplants and are "whiny"? Because some of us can no longer afford to live here due to all the hoards of people moving here driving the housing and rent up! I live in a 1 bedroom apt that doesn't have a garbage disposal, washer or dryer and has a loud parking lot out front, the rent just increased 100.00! Years ago there were affordable places to rent, Oregon was affordable but this is no longer the case! Those of us who have lived here are entire lives (I am 52 by the way) are now very concerned. There are a lot of stressed, worried people out there...and more homeless people then ever. Oregon is not the ideal place to move to contrary to what many believe, I have been told by a member of law enforcement that it is the Meth capital, it is also on the top 10 cities of the most suicides, the rain can be depressing,there are a lot of homeless people in all areas, the traffic is least in California they planned for this and built bigger highways, no plans here. Also, the rent is now very high and housing is no longer affordable in comparision to the wages. There aren't that many higher paying jobs available. Everything has gone up...execept our wages not so much. As a renter, I think there needs to be a limit as to how high rent can increase otherwise what is to stop them from these 100-200.00 yearly increases in rent that we are seeing? I am looking to move somewhere else outside of Oregon that isn't getting too crowded and where the cost of living is lower. When I read websites about Oregon, they make it sound like paradise! If you are thinking of moving here, really think about it and don't fall into the "Oregon is paradise"'s really not. It's nice, but not worth the expense...honestly I would rather live in California...the weather is nice there year round.
#dan on Jul 19, 2016 :
You are correct Portland is full of ill-liberal whiny self -hating bitches. They are mentally ill and suffer from Stockholm syndrome. They yell things like, "I have free speach so shut the fuc__ up!" Mentally ill they refuse to communicate on issues they will just try to shout you down and call you a racist a bigot or some other name even if your black.
#Dre on Jun 10, 2016 :
For native Portlanders, there have been some difficulties to overcome like: increased traffic, housing prices and gentrification to name a few. However, as a native of NE Portland I also understand that these "problems" come with growth and we must learn to navigate these challenges better. Portland is still a great city and its been my home for 46+ years!
#Chicago on Jun 04, 2016 :
I was seriously considering moving my family to the Portland area because I always heard it was a much better way of life. More laid back and many outdoor activities to partake in. After reading these posts I am thinking the local natives are whiny bitches. Illinois has the highest property taxes in the country and I happen to live in the highest paying county in the state. Stop complaining and embrace the transplants. We are looking for a lower cost of living and a cultural/lifestyle change. Why don't you try to use the influx of population in a positive way and stop being dicks.
#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.