Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 176,654 people and 51 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.
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 (10.71%), management occupations (10.39%), and teaching (9.92%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Eugene telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.94% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
Not only is Eugene a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Eugene is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Eugene a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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 among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.01% of adults in Eugene have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Eugene in 2018 was $32,576, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,304 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. Eugene also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Eugene include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Eugene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.