Eugene, OR
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Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 171,245 people and 45 constituent neighborhoods, Eugene is the second largest community in Oregon.

Housing costs in Eugene are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Oregon.

Eugene is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Eugene is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Eugene who work in office and administrative support (12.93%), sales jobs (10.88%), and management occupations (10.28%).

Also of interest is that Eugene has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Eugene really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Eugene is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Eugene more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Eugene’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Eugene a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Eugene is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Eugene a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Eugene is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Eugene, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Eugene ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Eugene, 41.05% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Eugene in 2010 was $28,602, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,408 for a family of four. However, Eugene contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Eugene is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Eugene home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Eugene residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Eugene include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Eugene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.