Eugene, OR
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Living in Eugene


Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 168,916 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 85.72% 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 (13.20%), sales jobs (11.87%), and management occupations (9.96%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.14 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

The citizens of Eugene are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.72% of adults in Eugene have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Eugene in 2010 was $27,167, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,668 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 French.

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