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 85.72% 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.
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.
One of the benefits of Eugene is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.14 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.
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 education level of Eugene citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Eugene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.