- COL Index: 89.4
- Median Home Price: $145,000
- Population: 3,250
- Miles of Singletrack: 300
The first certifiable mountain bike destination to make our list of affordable towns, Oakridge has graced numerous lists and roundups that we’ve published over the years. That acclaim is thanks to some 300 miles of some of the best singletrack… well, anywhere. “The Alpine Trail is by far the most ridden trail in the area with races on it for the last 20+ years, and shuttle service for nearly 15 years,” said Benjamin Beamer of the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS). “It includes the Alpine trail, but [there are] also options to ride Tire Mountain to Cloverpatch to the Cloverpatch tie that will someday connect without roads.”
While the COL index for Oakridge is a few points higher than others on this list, likely due to being an isolated mountain town in Oregon, the median home price is still a very attractive $145,000. But that’s changing quickly: according to Zillow, “home values have gone up 9.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.3% within the next year.”
Is Oakridge the perfect town for you? Perhaps, but you’ll need to be prepared to live in a small community of just over 3,000 people that’s about three hours from the closest major airport (Portland). Small town mountain living isn’t for everyone, but at least in Oakridge it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.