Eugene, population 158,000, 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).