Eugene : Oregon


What It Is Like to Retire in Eugene

Eugene, population 176,654,(2020 Census), has many attractions as a retirement community. For one, it is a vibrant college town; 17,000 students attend the University of Oregon here. It has the Cascade Mountain range for unlimited hiking, skiing and outdoor opportunities. And the wild and rugged Pacific coast is just an hour to the west. The city, birthplace of Nike, is famous for its extensive park system, which includes many bike and running trails. The university gives the community a decided liberal slant and cultural boost.

Eugene enjoys a national reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country. As a retirement community Eugene offers small town charm combined with big city sparkle. It has a thriving and eclectic arts scene along with unsurpassed natural beauty. Its slogan is that it is “The World’s Greatest City of the Arts and the Outdoors”.

Eugene is located in Lane County. Use this Oregon retirement guide for more information about taxes, etc. Photo of Fern Ridge Lake, also known as Fern Ridge Reservoir, courtesy of Wikipedia and Bill Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (public domain); photo of The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts courtesy of Wikipedia and photographer J. Ralph (public domain). Hult Center for the Performing Arts photo courtesy of Cacophony and Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5/


Where to Retire in Eugene and Home Prices

There are several developments aimed at retirees, ranging in price and in amenities. Some of the active adult 55+ communities here include: Cascade Manor, the Eugene Hotel, and SongBrook. Follow the Active Adult Community links at right for more.
People moving here from larger west coast cities will find real estate to be relatively inexpensive by those standards.  According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price of a home in Eugene, Oregon was $426,900 in the 4th quarter of 2021.


What Is Special about Eugene

University town; natural beauty and the nearby Cascade Mountains; an extensive and beautiful park system including: Skinner Butte Park, Alton Baker Park, Hendricks Park (Rhododendron Garden).; activist political leanings and alternative lifestyles; recreation opportunities - especially bicycling, rafting, and kayaking; an arts focus; and the Oregon Experiment (participatory planning).


What Is Not Special about Eugene

Some people might not appreciate that this is a very green, liberal community with a significant aging hippie population. Air quality is below average.

Who Will Like Retirement in Eugene

Eugene attracts a community of active adults who want to live in a college town and who enjoy being close to one of the world's great outdoor environments.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Eugene's largest industries are wood products manufacturing and RV manufacturing. The University of Oregon is the largest employer. Several multinational companies got there start here, including Nike.

Climate and Physical Environment

It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley where the McKenzie and Willamette rivers come together. It is about 60 miles east of the Oregon Coast. Eugene averages 50 inches of rain per year, the average year round temperature is 52.  It occasionally snows in winter;  the median temperature in January is about 40.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are a number of important cultural institutions here: the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Ballet, the Eugene Opera, the Eugene Concert Choir, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Oregon Children's Choir, and Oregon Festival of American Music. There is also the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, along with the Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Not to mention the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Live theater groups in Eugene include: the Willamette Repertory Theatre, Lord Leebrick Theatre.



The crime rate in Eugene is well above the national average.

Medical Facilities

Sacred Heart Hospital has 438 beds; McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in adjacent Springfield has 114 beds.



Eugene Airport is here; Amtrak service is available; The Lane Transit System is excellent – buses have bike racks and are wheelchair accessible; The System covers 240 square miles and has more than 3.7 million passenger trips per year; Eugene's bike trails are legendary; Eugene is average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Eugene Cascades Coast

Eugene, Oregon

City-Data facts about Eugene


What people are saying about Eugene

Of you want to live in the most liberal party of Oregon, move here. It\'s also a college town with not much to do for the oldsters. Unless you have money. Lots of old homes with million dollar price tags
Posted by on April 04, 2018

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