Resident from October 2018-present
Beautiful scenery- The Eugene area is full of greenery, rivers, lakes, buttes, and mountains in the distance.
Moderately sized- not quite a big city, but not too much of a small town feel either. Traffic exists but is seldom more than a few minute ordeal.
Excellent arts and culture- With the University of Oregon here, there are plentiful book, art, and music stores here. There is also a market downtown every Saturday that is full of interesting products and people.
Tolerant culture- plenty of ethnic diversity here, and people mind their own business quite well. Not much bigotry happening here.
Excellent beer- Oregon in general has incredible beer.
Eugene is just a little over an hour from the coast, and an hour from the mountains the other way. There is a spectacular range of natural beauty surrounding this area.
A lot of rain. Eugene gets more sunny days than rainy days on average, but 47 inches of rain a year is no small amount.
Limited job market-
I started from scratch when I moved here, delivering pizza. Landing a great job in Eugene can take quite a bit of patience and effort.
Eugene is basically a sanctuary for the homeless of the county that it is located in. There are quite a bit of homeless people scattered around town. Drug abuse is also common.
Eugene has the highest pollen count in the country. If you are prone to allergies, springtime here can be a serious challenge.
Overall, I find Eugene to be a charming place. I feel thankful to have a solid job here, as well as my own apartment. Eugene has been good to me. It's hard to imagine a better place to live now, honestly.
Kendall | Eugene, OR