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Overview

Introduction to Springfield, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon is 103 miles S of Portland, Oregon. It's located in Lane County between the McKenzie River and the Willamette River and is bordered by the city of Eugene. The city was named after a nearby natural spring. The area is a major supplier of hazelnuts. Retail, manufacturing, health services, agriculture and logging are some of the prominent industries.

Springfield History

Settlers began to arrive in 1847. The first schoolhouse was constructed in 1854. In 1861 a severe flooding of the Willamette River occurred. The city was incorporated in 1885. Weyerhaeuser, a major timber company was established in 1949 and became a prominent employer. However, in the 90's the company's saw mill and veneer facilities were shut down and the paper facility was downsized.

Springfield Attractions

  • Springfield Museum has numerous exhibits on the region's timber industry
  • Dorris Ranch Living History Farm is the country's oldest hazelnut orchard still in continuos operation and hosts a variety of events and provides tours
  • The East Skinner Butte Historic Landmark Area features numerous historic structures
  • Shelton McMurphy Johnson House is a notable, historic Queen Anne Victorian mansion
  • Washburn Historic District includes a large number of historic buildings
  • Conger St. Clock Museum includes a notable clock tower
  • Gateway Mall is a popular shopping destination
  • The Springfield Filbert Festival features jazz and rock music and the Northwest Harmonica Championship

Springfield Activities

Residents and visitors enjoy touring the wineries located in the lower Willamette Valley. The county is known for its numerous covered bridges. The Lively Park Swim Center is a popular indoor water park. West Eugene Wetlands Education Center is a vast acreage and includes walking and bicycle trails. The McKenzie and Willamette rivers are popular for fishing, rafting, boating and swimming. There are numerous campgrounds in the area including the Timpanogas Lake Shelter, Willamette National Forest and the Warner Mountain Lookout.

Some of the notable nearby trails include the Eagles Rest Trail, the Hardesty Trail and the Teeter Creek Loop. There are numerous locations for whitewater paddling along the Willamette River and along the Row River, Fall Creek and the Calapooia River. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the area's courses including Emerald Valley Golf Club, Laurelwood Municipal Golf Course and Oakway Golf Course.

Springfield Higher Education

University of Oregon, Oregon State University Lane County Extension, Pioneer Pacific College and Lane Community College are nearby.

People

Total Population 60,235
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 27,513
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 42.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.9%
Median Earnings25+ $28,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,727

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,855
% Above Poverty Level 78.5%
% Below Poverty Level 21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $806
Median House Value $164,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 13.3%

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

Springfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 103 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Lane
Metro Area Eugene - Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 97477, 97478
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97482
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.046
Longitude -123.02

Springfield 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 11.4 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 17.1 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 LEABURG 1 SW
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 48 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 51 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 66.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Thurston (97478, 97482)

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
Eugene 159,615 $61,848
Junction City 5,673 $43,338
Lowell 1,089 $51,818
Veneta 4,687 $53,594

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

Springfield Public Libraries

Library
Springfield Public Library
225 5TH ST.
Springfield, Oregon
(541) 726-3766
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Springfield Hospitals

MCKENZIE-WILLAMETTE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1460 G STREET
(541) 726-4401
Emergency Service: Yes

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Springfield High Schools

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THURSTON HIGH SCHOOL
333 58TH ST
541-744-5000
Serves 1,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

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875 7TH ST
541-744-4700
Serves 1,480 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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665 MAIN ST
541-744-8862
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Serves 139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

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