Eugene, Oregon

Hippie Haven



Sunny Days: 155
49100 Affordability
89100 Schools
38100 Diversity
72100 Safety

Eugene is located in western Oregon, approximately 278 billion miles from anything.
-Dave Barry

The Best Thing About Eugene?

It’s the land of the free

Eugene earns its spot as a classic hippie playground. It’s very laid back, full of lush greenery and extremely liberal (though the city is surrounded by some more conservative communities, making for an interesting and sometimes combative mix.) There’s a dispensary on practically every corner, and an extremely pro-health vibe.

Here's a local's pov on Eugene:
Best thing is the kind people and access to outdoors. I hr to the beach, 30 mins to 1 hr to river/lake camping/2.5 hrs to legit skiing. Also having an R1 research University brings a lot of cultural benefits and opportunities for learning, as well as legit D1 sports. People here sometimes complain about “traffic”. If you’ve ever lived in the Bay, SoCal, Seattle, or even PDX, you’ll be blown away by the complete absence of traffic (and bikeability).

The Worst Thing About Eugene?

The allergies

The beautiful forests and hiking trails in Oregon come with a price, and that price is devastatingly bad allergies for those that are sensitive to grass. The worst of it runs from February to April, but for those who suffer, it can be murder.

Recommendation from a local on living with the allergies:
Welcome to the bread basket of Oregon and the grass seed growing capital of the world. I take Allegra, netipot every night, and I have an Aeris health air purifier. I definitely recommend the air purifier. We bought it after the fires last summer and it’s been amazing so far this spring. They are spendy but man oh man do they get the job done.

Lifestyle of Eugene

Eugene is consistently named one of the best small cities in the United States. Situated by the beautiful Willamette River, Alton Baker Park offers a scenic respite and there will be hiking -- lots of it. It doesn’t have great public transportation, but it’s a small town and it’s relatively easy to get around -- particularly on bike. Locals flock to the many farmer’s markets, including the renowned Saturday Market and enjoy good schools, plenty of open spaces and a moderate nightlife.

Why You Should Move Here Now?


Eugene is reliably consistent. It’s a comfortable place to live and offers a great quality of life. And if you tire of small city life, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco aren’t really all that far away.

Neighborhoods in Eugene

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West University

College Students

University of Oregon only houses around 17% of students and so the overflow fills plenty of neighborhoods around the school. South University gets more of the graduate student community. Single family homes and a relaxed chill pub and cafe vibe attracts older students, college faculty and families. Undergrads spread out in other neighborhoods including Downtown and West University.

  • West University
  • Downtown
  • South University


Young Professionals

West University pulls in a lot of young professionals, sometimes graduates who like being close to campus, and sometimes new professionals who want to be next to downtown but who like the outdoor recreation the neighborhood offers. Downtown of course is another popular choice with short walks to work appealing and the social scene of the area a powerful combination.

  • West University
  • Downtown

West Eugene


West Eugene is an ideal starting point for families who crave a more rural neighborhood feel. While there is a real commercial district here for shopping and entertainment, there are also working farms and huge city parks that give the kids a true “out-of-city” experience, all from within the city limits. If you’re craving a more urban family-friendly neighborhood then check out Jefferson Westside. Just north of downtown you get easy access to the most active parts of the city and amazing arts and culture right in the neighborhood.

  • West Eugene
  • Jefferson Westside
  • Santa Clara