10 Best US Mountain Bike Towns with the Lowest Cost of Living

7. Oakridge, Oregon

  • COL Index: 89.4
  • Median Home Price: $145,000
  • Population: 3,250
  • Miles of Singletrack: 300
Alpine Trail. Photo: Chris Daniels

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.”

Larison Rock Trail. Photo: Chris Daniels

According to Benjamin, other stand-out trails in the area include Dead Mountain, Middle Fork, Heckletooth, and Waldo Lake… but there’s so much more available!

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.”

Winter in downtown Oakridge. Photo: Chris Phan, via Wikimedia Creative Commons

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.

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