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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Eugene is a city in Oregon with a population of 163,135. Eugene is in Lane County. Living in Eugene offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Eugene there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Eugene and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Eugene are above average.
About Eugene...
Population
163,135

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$257,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$956
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Eugene Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    219.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    60
    40.7
  • Robbery
    105.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    670.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,734.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    323.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    19%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Eugene

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,489
National
$55,322
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Overall, I love Eugene. I grew up here and have moved back as an adult. This city has everything! Eugene has wonderful shopping centers, tons of amazing restaurants and breweries, lots of entertainment including performances at the Hult Center, good schools such as the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, and great ways to network your business through the local chamber offices. The only thing I wish I could change about Eugene is how crowded it feels at times. There is a large population and sometimes its super busy, which can clog the roads occasionally. The great things Eugene offers completely outweigh the rest!
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Eugene is a town that can be described as a downsized Portland. it inhabits many job opportunities around the area and great tourist destinations. The environment is overall friendly however you will see many homeless people as you enter downtown. Their are many outdoor opportunities for hiking and photographs! I often times would hike Mount Pisgah on the weekends to clear my head.

Sports is a must if you want to live in this town. The University of Oregon brings life into town and the fans are unlike another. We support the athletics, however, I wish their were more following with academics around the campus and town.
Overall a pleasant place to live, at least on the surface. Lots of greenery, beautiful forests hills surrounding the city in the valley floor, well-suited for bike travel and outdoor recreation... but, a lack of available jobs has been a problem for a growing population; the city contains a University and a lack of jobs paying above poverty level wages. So many people are over-educated and underpaid (ie. Bachelors degree required for jobs that pay $12/hr, I have known quite a few baristas and waiters here with Masters degrees). Similarly problematic is the lack of affordable housing. Though there are constantly new complexes being erected near the university, the housing costs are illogically skyrocketing. Cost of living here is high considering wages. Furthermore, city infrastructure has historically been problematic. Down town is awkward to navigate with many one-way streets; construction projects are constant and yet very little changes.