Hillsboro 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.
IndexHillsboroOregonNational
Cost of living index117112100
IndexHillsboroOregonNational
Goods & Services index120111100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110105100
Housing index130122100
Transportation index108114100
Utilities index7891100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Hillsboro, OR is displayed above. In Hillsboro, OR, the overall cost of living index is 117, which is 4% higher than the Oregon average and 17% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Hillsboro, OR, the city's goods and services are 8% higher than the Oregon average and 20% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hillsboro is 4% higher than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Hillsboro is 17% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hillsboro is 30% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Hillsboro, OR to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Hillsboro, OR, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Hillsboro, OR salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$84,389$7,032$1,969$2,532
Renters$46,268$3,856$1,080$1,388
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Hillsboro, OR, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Hillsboro, OR has a median income of about $84,389 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,969 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,268. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,080 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
The Oregon sales tax and Oregon income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Hillsboro, OR. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Oregon sales tax is 0% and the maximum surtax is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Oregon income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.26$15.5662.3%
Beauty Salon $54.47$36.1150.9%
Toothpaste $3.91$2.4758.1%
Shampoo $1.08$0.9611.6%
Movie $10.56$10.134.3%
Bowling $4.31$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.36$3.9834.4%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4118.2%
Milk $2.18$2.065.5%
Potatoes $2.10$2.9829.7%
Pizza $10.33$9.479.0%
Beer $9.67$8.7910.0%

Health Care

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.67$101.0421.4%
Doctor $121.58$107.4413.2%
Dentist $102.13$90.4213.0%
Ibuprofen $10.28$9.2810.8%
Lipitor $403.09$426.505.5%

Housing

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
Home Price $238,300.00$175,700.0035.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $1,090.00$920.0018.5%

Transportation

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$1.9929.6%
Tire Balancing $26.80$45.7641.4%

Utilities

ItemHillsboroNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.06$163.8111.4%
Phone $18.23$28.3935.8%
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.
Cornelius, OR12,0681088%
King City, OR3,3511088%
Gaston, OR7031099%
Newberg, OR22,45111212%
Forest Grove, OR22,07011212%
Hillsboro, OR95,76511717%

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Davie, FL95,7211077%
Greeley, CO95,67799-1%
Livonia, MI95,88896-4%
Portsmouth, VA96,0071022%
South Gate, CA95,51512323%
Hillsboro, OR95,76511717%
Source: The Hillsboro, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.