Eugene, Oregon

Eugene (/jˈn/ yoo-JEEN) is a city in the U.S. state of Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest. It is at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast.[7]

Eugene, Oregon
City of Eugene
Clockwise: Downtown Eugene from Skinner Butte, Lane County Farmers' Market, Hiking on Spencer Butte, University of Oregon Autzen Stadium, Delta Ponds pedestrian bridge
Nicknames: 
Emerald Valley, The Emerald City, Track Town
Motto(s): 
A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors
Interactive map of Eugene
Coordinates: 44°03′07″N 123°05′12″W
Country United States
State Oregon
CountyLane
Founded1846
IncorporatedOctober 17, 1862
Government
  TypeCouncil-manager
  MayorLucy Vinis (D)
  City managerSarah Medary
Area
  City44.21 sq mi (114.50 km2)
  Land44.14 sq mi (114.32 km2)
  Water0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation
430 ft (131 m)
Population
  City156,185
  Estimate 
(2019)[3]
172,622
  RankUS: 155th
  Density3,910.87/sq mi (1,509.98/km2)
  Urban
247,421 (US: 151st)
  Metro
374,748 (US: 141st)
Demonym(s)Eugenean[4][5]
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
97401–97405, 97408, 97440
Area code(s)458 and 541
FIPS code41-23850
GNIS feature ID1120527[6]
Websitewww.eugene-or.gov

As of the 2010 census, Eugene had a population of 156,185; it is the county seat of Lane County and the state's third most populous city after Portland and Salem, though recent state estimates suggest its population may have surpassed Salem's.[8][9] The Eugene-Springfield, Oregon metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is the 146th largest metropolitan statistical area in the US and the third-largest in the state, behind the Portland Metropolitan Area and the Salem Metropolitan Area.[10] The city's population for 2019 was estimated to be 172,622 by the U.S. Census.[11]

Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, Bushnell University, and Lane Community College.[12][13][14] The city is noted for its natural environment, recreational opportunities (especially bicycling, running/jogging, rafting, and kayaking), and focus on the arts, along with its history of civil unrest, protests, and green activism. Eugene's official slogan is "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors".[15] It is also referred to as the "Emerald City" and as "Track Town, USA".[16] The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.[17] In 2022, the city will host the 18th Track and Field World Championships.[18]