Portland 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.
IndexPortlandOregonNational
Cost of living index121112100
IndexPortlandOregonNational
Goods & Services index120111100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110105100
Housing index144122100
Transportation index108114100
Utilities index7891100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Portland, OR. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Portland, OR being 121, that puts it 8% higher than the average of Oregon and 21% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Portland, OR, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Oregon as well as 20% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Portland is 8% higher than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Portland is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Portland is 44% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current salary in Portland, OR to any other city. The salary calculator will tell you how much you would need to earn in any given city to maintain the same standard of living based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to relocate to is higher than the cost of living in Portland, OR, then you would need to earn more income in order to maintain the same standard of living. To use the Portland, OR salary calculator, simply enter in the name of the new city, then adjust the slider to your current income. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if you need to earn more or less in the new city. You will also see a complete breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$77,664$6,472$1,812$2,330
Renters$32,874$2,740$767$986
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 Portland, 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. Portland, OR has a median income of about $77,664 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,812 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $32,874. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $767 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%
For those who live in Portland, OR and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Oregon income tax rate and the Oregon sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Oregon, the sales tax is 0%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 0%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Oregon, the income tax rate ranges between 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemPortlandNational 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

ItemPortlandNational 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

ItemPortlandNational 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

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $285,300.00$175,700.0062.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $945.00$920.002.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemPortlandNational 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.
Johnson City, OR57387-13%
Wood Village, OR3,9461011%
King City, OR3,3511088%
Orchards, WA21,25911010%
Vancouver, WA165,55411010%
Portland, OR602,56812121%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Oklahoma City, OK600,72986-14%
Louisville, KY605,76289-11%
Milwaukee, WI598,07892-8%
Las Vegas, NV597,3531011%
Baltimore, MD622,2711011%
Portland, OR602,56812121%
Source: The Portland, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.