Baker City cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexBaker CityOregonNational
Cost of living index88112100
IndexBaker CityOregonNational
Goods & Services index95111100
Groceries index89107100
Health care index104105100
Housing index69122100
Transportation index113114100
Utilities index8491100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Baker City, OR is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Baker City, OR enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 22% lower than the Oregon average, and 12% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Baker City, OR, the average cost of goods and services is 15% lower than it is in Oregon, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Baker City is 22% lower than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Baker City is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Baker City is 31% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Baker City, OR as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Baker City, OR homeowners, the median income is $49,555. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,156 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,498. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $478 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Oregon Sales Tax

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Oregon Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Baker City, OR is the Oregon sales tax and Oregon income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Oregon sales tax rate is 0% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Oregon income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.95$15.564.0%
Beauty Salon $33.10$36.118.3%
Toothpaste $2.27$2.478.2%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $10.22$10.131.0%
Bowling $3.53$4.7425.4%


ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.88$3.982.5%
Fried Chicken $1.16$1.4117.8%
Milk $1.53$2.0625.9%
Potatoes $1.40$2.9853.1%
Pizza $8.49$9.4710.4%
Beer $8.11$8.797.7%

Health Care

ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.43$101.0413.2%
Doctor $125.34$107.4416.7%
Dentist $87.70$90.423.0%
Ibuprofen $9.25$9.280.4%
Lipitor $424.25$426.500.5%


ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $122,200.00$175,700.0030.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $940.42$1,133.2317.0%
Apartment Rent $632.00$920.0031.3%


ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$1.9910.7%
Tire Balancing $54.09$45.7618.2%


ItemBaker CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$133.56$163.8118.5%
Phone $25.00$28.3911.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Haines, OR42685-15%
Baker City, OR9,77488-12%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Warrenton, VA9,77411717%
East Stroudsburg, PA9,7731022%
Rockport, TX9,77698-2%
Cottage Grove, OR9,7721066%
Waynesville, NC9,77093-7%
Baker City, OR9,77488-12%
Source: The Baker City, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.