Eugene 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.
IndexEugeneOregonNational
Cost of living index117117100
IndexEugeneOregonNational
Goods & Services index122122100
Groceries index116116100
Health care index114114100
Housing index123122100
Transportation index111111100
Utilities index8989100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Eugene, OR cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Eugene, OR is 117, which is equal to the Oregon average and 17% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Eugene, OR are equal to the Oregon average and 22% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Eugene is equal to the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Eugene is 17% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Eugene is 23% higher 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Eugene, OR to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Eugene, OR, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Eugene, OR salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,256$5,771$1,616$2,078
Renters$24,492$2,041$571$735
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Eugene, OR by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Eugene, OR have a median income of $69,256. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,616 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $24,492, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $571.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Eugene, 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

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.20$14.5972.7%
Beauty Salon $46.60$34.6834.4%
Toothpaste $3.42$2.4738.3%
Shampoo $1.72$1.0268.3%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $3.45$4.3921.4%

Groceries

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.65$4.483.9%
Fried Chicken $2.69$1.4683.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.73$3.0610.8%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $8.85$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.50$99.7824.8%
Doctor $131.85$105.0325.5%
Dentist $101.00$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $14.45$9.4153.5%
Lipitor $251.31$298.5015.8%

Housing

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
Home Price $237,000.00$175,700.0034.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $877.00$920.004.7%

Transportation

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $52.33$45.2915.6%

Utilities

ItemEugeneNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.02$170.8011.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Junction City, OR5,5661077%
Springfield, OR59,8821077%
Veneta, OR4,6331088%
Harrisburg, OR3,61811010%
Creswell, OR5,06511212%
Eugene, OR158,13111717%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Salem, OR157,9671099%
Elk Grove, CA158,45512525%
Corona, CA157,39513030%
Lancaster, CA159,0921066%
Pembroke Pines, FL159,9201099%
Eugene, OR158,13111717%
Source: The Eugene, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.