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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Eugene is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (11.45%), management occupations (10.49%), and sales jobs (10.46%).
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, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Eugene a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Eugene spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.22 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Eugene is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Eugene area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Eugene is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.33% of adults in Eugene have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Eugene in 2010 was $29,306, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $117,224 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 Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Eugene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.