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Overview

Introduction to Eugene

Eugene, Oregon enjoys a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the United States. The city is close to both the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon coast, and its community combines the best elements of small town charm and big city culture. The arts scene thrives here in many forms, as do sports, natural beauty, and politics. Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city, and it is known for its education, recreation, and attractions. Northwest coffeehouses and eclectic boutiques offer something for everyone. It is one of the most bike-friendly communities in the country, with an extensive network of paths and trails throughout the city.

Eugene Culture

Eugene is known for its very active and informed citizenry, and this has lead to numerous community development projects that have served as models for cities around the country. It still carries on the legacy that was started back in the 1970s when the city was full of co-operative and community projects. Today, small natural foods stores are common in almost every neighborhood, and alternative schools are numerous. The city also has excellent museums, such as the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. The facility has recently completed a renovation and has expanded to double its size. The galleries feature American, European, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese art. The University of Oregon Museum of Natural History also offers visitors exhibits on natural history and anthropology.

Eugene Sports and Leisure

Sports in Eugene are very much focused on the Oregon Ducks, which are members of the Pacific 10 Conference. Ducks football is popular, and spectators can enjoy the sport at the 59,000-seat Autzen Stadium, which is known for its intense hometown cheering. Eugene is also known as the "Track Capital of the World," with Bill Bowerman coaching the champion University of Oregon track team and U of O alumni Phil Knight founding Nike, Inc. There is a Nike store in Eugene that features a track history museum. Running clubs are very popular here, partly due to the year-round temperate weather. Minor-league baseball fans can enjoy the Class A Eugene Emeralds.

Eugene Outdoors

Eugene has an extensive system of outdoor parks for the public to enjoy. Alton Baker Park is the largest developed park in the city, and Hendricks Park is one of the most beautiful in the area. Other parks include Fern Ridge Reservoir, Owen Memorial Rose Garden, and Spencers Butte. Biking is hugely popular in Eugene, and the city has 28 miles of off-street paths, 78 miles of on-street bicycle lanes, and 4 bicycle bridges that cross the Willamette River. Hiking can be enjoyed at places like Kentucky Falls, which is 45 miles west of the city and features three waterfalls. Winter recreation includes Willamette Pass Ski Are, and Hoodoo Ski Area.

Eugene at Night

Lane County, where Eugene is located, is home to a wide range of restaurants, cafes, brew pubs, and coffeehouses. Every type of food is served in the city, from vegetarian to barbeque. The downtown area is known for its popular microbreweries. Eugene City Brewing has a lunch and dinner menu and features Rogue Ales on tap. High Street Brewery & Café has been open since 1988, is located in a renovated 1900’s residence, and has a backyard beer garden for warm summer nights. North Bank Pub is a McMenamins facility and overlooks a beautiful stretch of the Willamette River.

People

Total Population 159,615
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 71,532
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,670
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,072
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,524

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,848
% Above Poverty Level 75.6%
% Below Poverty Level 24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $890
Median House Value $240,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.5%
Irish 13.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Eugene Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 103 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Lane
Metro Area Eugene - Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 97401, 97402, 97403, 97404, 97405, 97408, 97412, 97455
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97440
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.052
Longitude -123.085

Eugene Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station EUGENE MAHLON SWEET AP
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 51 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Station COTTAGE GROVE 1 NNE
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 48 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station DORENA DAM
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 49 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 50 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Eugene, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Acorn Park (97402)

Blachly (97412)

College Crest (97401)

Country Club Plaza (97401)

Crow (97401)

Emu U of Or (97403, 97401)

Fir Grove (97401)

Irving (97401)

Pleasant Hill (97405, 97455)

Santa Clara (97404)

Triangle Lake (97412)

Valley River Center (97401)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coburg 1,149 $59,750
Creswell 5,085 $56,109
Harrisburg 3,660 $51,898
Junction City 5,673 $43,338
Springfield 60,235 $47,855
Veneta 4,687 $53,594

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Eugene Public Libraries

Library
Eugene Public Library
100 W. 10TH AVE.
Eugene, Oregon
(541) 682-5450

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Eugene Hospitals

SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1255 HILYARD STREET
(541) 686-7300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Eugene High Schools

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SOUTH EUGENE HIGH SCHOOL
400 E 19TH AVE
541-687-3201
Serves 1,708 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

HENRY D SHELDON HIGH SCHOOL
2455 WILLAKENZIE RD
541-687-3381
Serves 1,609 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

WILLAMETTE HIGH SCHOOL
1801 ECHO HOLLOW RD
541-689-0731
Serves 1,534 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL
1850 BAILEY HILL RD
541-687-3421
Serves 1,413 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

NORTH EUGENE HIGH SCHOOL
200 SILVER LN
541-687-3261
Serves 1,264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.8

CROW MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
25863 CROW RD
541-935-2227
Serves 149 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

KALAPUYA HIGH SCHOOL
1200 N TERRY ST
541-607-9853
A Non-traditional School
Serves 126 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

OPPORTUNITY CENTER
3411-B WILLAMETTE ST
541-687-3488
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

WILLAMETTE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
87230 CENTRAL
541-935-6815
A Non-traditional School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

CHURCHILL ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
1850 BAILEY HILL RD
541-687-3421
A Non-traditional School
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

NETWORK CHARTER SCHOOL
455 W 1ST AVE
541-344-1229
A Non-traditional School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

NORTH EUGENE ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
200 SILVER LN
541-687-3261
A Non-traditional School
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 39

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