Eugene is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 175,096 people and 51 constituent neighborhoods, Eugene is the second largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities, Eugene isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Eugene are a mix 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.94% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Eugene really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Eugene is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Eugene more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Eugene’s character and quality of life.
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.
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 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.