Eugene, OR
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Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 166,575 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 85.58% 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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Eugene is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

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 18.95 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Eugene use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Eugene‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The population of Eugene is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.