Eugene/Springfield Photos by eCHING
Eugene / Springfield, where small town charm merges with the lights of the big-city! Eugene-Springfield makes up Oregon's second largest metro area with a population of over 190,000.
Nestled along the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, Eugene-Springfield is the heart of Lane County. Eugene and Springfield contain a unique mix of art and culture, shopping and dining, sports and entertainment. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon Fighting Ducks with some of America's greatest collegiate sport venues including Autzen Stadium, Matthew Knight Arena and Hayward Field. For the outdoor enthusiasts, spend the day rafting the beautiful McKenzie River or fishing local lakes and streams.
Many others enjoy visiting surrounding communities, home to historic covered bridges, golf courses and award-winning wineries. Eugene-Springfield is situated in Lane County, which spreads from the majestic Cascades to the brilliant Oregon Coast.
Eugene-Springfield is a mecca of year-round activities including boating, fishing, bicycling, camping, hiking, skiing and golfing. Eugene-Springfield is never short for recreational enjoyment. It's easy to see why so many choose to call Eugene-Springfield home!
With a population of over 150,000 people, Eugene is Oregon's second largest city after Portland. The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city with the McKenzie River joining the Willamette to the north of town.
The city covers approximately 41.5 square miles. The elevation is 426 above sea level and the city's topography features Skinner Butte to the north of downtown and the south, the landmark Spencer Butte, now a 310-acre city park.
The Willamette River is the largest river in the state of Oregon. Discovered in 1792 by Lieutenant William Robert Broughton of the Vancouver expedition, It flows through nine counties and 19 cities.
The river drains 12,000 square miles of land at an average rate of flow that would fill 175 buildings the size of Portland's tallest skyscrapers every day. The Willamette begins in the high Cascades from Lake Timpanogas southeast of Eugene.
The Coast and the Middle Forks join in Springfield and the river flows northward (one of the few major rivers in the US that flows that direction) for nearly 300 miles before joining the Columbia River at Portland. Nearly 70 percent of Oregonians live within 20 miles of the Willamette River.
Statistics & Facts
- The population of Eugene is approximately 159,190 (2013 estimate).
- The amount of land area in Eugene is 98.53 sq. kilometers.
- The amount of surface water is 0.098 sq kilometers.
- The distance from Eugene to Washington DC is 2555 miles. The distance to the Oregon state capital is 60 miles (as the crow flies)
- Eugene is positioned 44.05 degrees north of the equator and 123.11 degrees west of the prime meridian.
- Eugene elevation is 400-2,000 feet above sea level.
- Eugene average annual rainfall is 43 inches per year
- Eugene average temperature is 53 degrees F.