Profile for Eugene, Oregon, OR
Willamette Street, Eugene, OR
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"The Emerald City," "Track Town USA"
Eugene is a city in Lane County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for settler Eugene Franklin Skinner, who built a cabin here in 1846
The latitude of Eugene is 44.052N. The longitude is -123.085W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 430 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 142,185.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Eugene demographic reports
Eugene is on the Willamette River
Former and merged names include:
· Skinner's Butte
Birthplace of Nike
Public transportation: Lane Transit District (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 478. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 8 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
Filming location for:
· 1978 movie, "Animal House"
· 1986 movie, "Stand by Me"
Well-known residents have included:
· Garner Ted Armstrong, religious leader
· Ken Kesey, author
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Willamette Valley Folk Festival - May 19-20, 2007
- Oregon Bach Festival - June 29-July 15, 2007
- Eugene Celebration - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Lane County Fair - Aug. 14-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Eugene web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Eugene Opera, Eugene Ballet, Eugene Symphony, Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, Willamette Repertory Theatre, Actors Cabaret of Eugene, Very Little Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation:
Willamette National Forest, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon Dunes, Jasper State Recreation Site, Elijah Bristow State Park, Armitage Park
Eugene attractions: Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
Sports teams: Emeralds (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: University of Oregon Museum of Natural History, Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium, Lane County Historical Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Oregon, Gutenberg College, Northwest Christian College, Eugene Bible College, Lane Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 151
Pronunciations: you-GENE (not YOU-gene)
Given the choice between a bed and a sleeping bag, the average Eugene resident will choose the sleeping bag every time.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
18% of Eugene residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Eugene ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Eugene was $21,315, compared with $21,587 nationally.
37% of Eugene residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Eugene festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Lane County Fair - A
- Oregon Bach Festival - J
- Willamette Valley Folk Festival - M
- Eugene Celebration - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Eugene festival web sites:
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Historic districts in Eugene include East Skinner Butte Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Eugene, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $566. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,129.
Libraries in Eugene include Bethel Branch Library, Eugene Public Library, Sheldon Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Eugene include Eugene Register-Guard
TV stations in Eugene include KEPB, KEZI, KLSR, KMTR, KVAL.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KLCC., KRVM-FM.
Lane County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Eugene political report.
Eugene restaurants taking online reservations include Marche ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Eugene workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 24 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Eugene between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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