Moving to Eugene, Oregon? 10 Fast Facts About Track Town, USA

So you’ve landed in Eugene. We’re not partial or anything, but we’re totally partial. You couldn’t have picked a more eclectic and beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s the town where Nike got its start. The city that boasts one of the most formidable collegiate football teams in the country. A place that rivals Portland when it comes to beer. A bustling haven for those who like a taste of big city life but want to stay off the beaten path.

But before you put your roots down, you’re going to need to know a few things.

10 Fast Facts About Eugene, OR (as of December 2020) 

  • Population: 163,135 (3,694 people per square mile) with a population growth rate of 6.4% since 2010
  • Median resident age: 34 (37.4 is the national average)
  • Median home price: $313,600 (compared to the $231,200 national average)
  • Median household income: $42,715
  • Cost of living: 105.3 overall, based on a U.S. average of 100 according to this index; 113.1 is Oregon’s statewide average
  • Climate: 47 inches of rain, 3 inches of snow, and 155 sunny days per year on average; average summer high is 82 degrees, average winter low is 34 degrees
  • Unemployment rate: 4.4% (3.7% U.S. average); job growth over the next 10 years is projected at 40.9%, higher than the U.S. average of 33.5%
  • Crime rate ranked on a scale of 1 to 100: Violent crime is 23.9 (22.7 national), while property crime is 57.8 (35.4 national)
  • Schools: 70 total (50 public/20 private); average of 23 students per teacher
  • Average commute time: 18.2 minutes (26.4 national average)

 A few more interesting facts about Eugene

Eugene really is Track Town, USA

Eugene didn’t get its nickname “Track Town, USA” for its railroads. The University of Oregon has long been a breeding ground for world-class track and field athletes. And not only will Eugene play host to the Track and Field World Championships in 2022, it’s the only city in the country to host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track and field (1972, 1976, 1980), plus two more in 2008 and 2012.

The Simpsons live here (sort of)

It’s official: Springfield, Oregon is the Simpsons’ hometown. Yet it’s Eugene, which lies just four miles to the west, that the fictional town of Springfield is based on. Multiple landmarks seen in the television show were inspired by Eugene, including Max’s Tavern, where Simpsons creator Matt Groening spent many hours doodling at the bar.

Eugene is full of character(s)

Many prolific and colorful personalities have called Eugene home at one point or another. Terri Irwin (naturalist, conservationist, and wife of the late Steve Irwin) and Corin Tucker (one half of Sleater-Kinney) were both born in Eugene. Honorable mentions include Nike founder Phil Knight, counterculturalist and author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Ken Kesey, former UO football player and current sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, cannabis rights advocate Jack Herer, and “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk, who all spent some pretty formative years in Eugene.

The Civil War is legendary

Spend some time with anyone from Oregon and you’ll quickly learn whether they bleed green and yellow or orange and black. The Oregon-Oregon State rivalry, particularly the annual football clash, is one of the fiercest and oldest in the country. The University of Oregon Ducks lead the overall series 66-48-10, though the Oregon State Beavers squeaked out a thrilling win this year. If you’re a neutral, it’s still worth keeping an eye on this epic battle. If you’re not, just be careful which mascot you choose.

Find self storage in Eugene, Oregon

While you figure out how to settle into your new home and/or set up your remote working space, you’re going to need a place to store your stuff. With six locations in the Eugene area, chances are we’re right around the corner. And to make sure you stay as safe as possible, we’ve introduced 100% online, contact-free rentals at all of our locations. Welcome to Eugene!

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