The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Oregon For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Oregon have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Oregon:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Oregon, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Beaver State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Oregon that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Oregon at the moment? That would be Tillamook according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Oregon for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Oregon For 2021

  1. Tillamook
  2. Creswell
  3. Winston
  4. Warrenton
  5. Junction City
  6. Sheridan
  7. Brookings
  8. Talent
  9. Seaside
  10. Madras

What's the best place to buy a home in Oregon for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Oregon and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Oregon.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Oregon For 2021

Tillamook, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,231
Median Home Price: $189,700
Population Change: 1.1%
Home Price Change: 4.5%
More on Tillamook: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Creswell, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,356
Median Home Price: $218,300
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 9.3%
More on Creswell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winston, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,416
Median Home Price: $159,100
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: -1.2%
More on Winston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Warrenton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,549
Median Home Price: $254,700
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 4.7%
More on Warrenton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Junction City, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,053
Median Home Price: $230,700
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 11.9%
More on Junction City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sheridan, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,122
Median Home Price: $171,000
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 3.1%
More on Sheridan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brookings, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,431
Median Home Price: $304,900
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 2.7%
More on Brookings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Talent, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,503
Median Home Price: $218,500
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 6.4%
More on Talent: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Seaside, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,737
Median Home Price: $309,700
Population Change: 1.4%
Home Price Change: 10.8%
More on Seaside: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Madras, OR

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,777
Median Home Price: $182,500
Population Change: 1.5%
Home Price Change: 31.8%
More on Madras: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Oregon for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Oregon. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Oregon with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Oregon with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Oregon, only 76 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 76 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Tillamook is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Beaver State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Oregon for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Oregon. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Oregon

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Tillamook 1 $189,700 1.1% 4.5%
Creswell 2 $218,300 1.2% 9.3%
Winston 3 $159,100 0.2% -1.2%
Warrenton 4 $254,700 1.8% 4.7%
Junction City 5 $230,700 1.8% 11.9%
Sheridan 6 $171,000 0.3% 3.1%
Brookings 7 $304,900 0.3% 2.7%
Talent 8 $218,500 1.2% 6.4%
Seaside 9 $309,700 1.4% 10.8%
Madras 10 $182,500 1.5% 31.8%
Milton-Freewater 11 $127,700 0.0% 7.9%
Umatilla 12 $137,600 0.7% 17.4%
Scappoose 13 $297,900 2.0% 8.8%
Hood River 14 $354,700 0.4% 3.1%
Sutherlin 15 $162,700 1.2% 8.8%
Stayton 16 $237,000 1.3% 7.7%
Lincoln City 17 $246,300 1.6% 8.9%
Florence 18 $224,300 1.2% 13.1%
Eagle Point 19 $244,400 1.5% 2.7%
Molalla 20 $277,900 0.8% 13.4%
Fairview 21 $294,800 0.6% 11.2%
Sweet Home 22 $153,000 2.0% 10.4%
North Bend 23 $202,300 0.4% 9.5%
Baker City 24 $146,500 0.1% 13.8%
Astoria 25 $259,600 0.9% 2.7%
Independence 26 $205,000 3.0% 17.8%
Prineville 27 $188,500 2.9% 14.7%
Cottage Grove 28 $192,600 1.0% 6.9%
Silverton 29 $296,400 2.1% 10.1%
Monmouth 30 $225,100 1.5% 4.4%
Newport 31 $258,000 1.7% 7.7%
Ontario 32 $117,800 -0.3% 2.6%
Sandy 33 $281,300 2.2% 8.3%
Gladstone 34 $302,200 1.0% 10.2%
Cornelius 35 $263,000 0.5% 11.5%
La Grande 36 $170,500 1.6% 5.2%
St. Helens 37 $228,500 0.8% 10.5%
The Dalles 38 $204,400 0.8% 6.7%
Dallas 39 $222,700 2.3% 8.6%
Coos Bay 40 $181,200 0.3% 1.6%
Troutdale 41 $309,600 -0.6% 9.6%
Pendleton 42 $172,100 0.1% 11.0%
Lebanon 43 $177,900 1.6% 11.3%
Hermiston 44 $164,300 0.4% 5.0%
Canby 45 $329,700 1.0% 10.6%
Central Point 46 $260,600 1.4% 9.1%
Sherwood 47 $405,900 1.5% 4.4%
Happy Valley 48 $508,400 7.7% 4.6%
Milwaukie 49 $323,500 0.3% 11.1%
Ashland 50 $441,900 0.7% 3.2%
Klamath Falls 51 $159,500 0.9% 2.5%
Roseburg 52 $195,400 0.4% 3.8%
Newberg 53 $320,400 1.0% 13.0%
Wilsonville 54 $425,900 2.8% 5.2%
Forest Grove 55 $319,200 2.2% 13.8%
Woodburn 56 $205,300 1.3% 14.4%
West Linn 57 $493,900 0.5% 6.2%
Tualatin 58 $419,400 0.7% 5.6%
Redmond 59 $258,300 3.2% 6.6%
Mcminnville 60 $247,400 1.0% 4.3%
Oregon City 61 $359,200 1.3% 9.1%
Grants Pass 62 $231,800 0.9% 5.6%
Keizer 63 $260,200 1.3% 10.3%
Lake Oswego 64 $637,200 1.1% 5.5%
Tigard 65 $408,400 1.8% 8.9%
Albany 66 $226,200 1.5% 10.5%
Corvallis 67 $330,500 1.4% 8.3%
Springfield 68 $204,700 0.9% 7.9%
Medford 69 $265,400 1.4% 8.5%
Bend 70 $384,800 3.8% 5.9%
Beaverton 71 $376,500 0.9% 7.0%
Hillsboro 72 $342,500 1.7% 8.7%
Gresham 73 $287,900 -0.2% 7.8%
Eugene 74 $288,600 1.4% 6.1%
Salem 75 $242,800 1.5% 8.8%
Portland 76 $412,000 0.9% 7.4%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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