Eugene, OR
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Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 163,460 people and 45 constituent neighborhoods, Eugene is the second largest community in Oregon.

Eugene is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.58% 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 (13.05%), sales jobs (11.49%), and management occupations (10.07%).

Of important note, Eugene is also a city of artists. Eugene has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Eugene’s character.

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.

Eugene is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Eugene has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Eugene enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Eugene.

One of the benefits of Eugene is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.95 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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 citizens of Eugene are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.70% of adults in Eugene have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Eugene in 2010 was $26,493, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,972 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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