Living in Eugene, Oregon

Eugene is a city of 156,000 located in the Willamette Valley, which sits east of the Pacific Ocean and west of the Cascade Mountains. Known as “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors” we are also referred to as the Emerald City. Within two hours, you can travel to the coast, to glaciated peaks or to the high desert east of the Cascades. The city is known for its natural beauty, recreational activities (cycling, running, rafting, kayaking), focus on the arts, and activist political leanings. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon.


Eugene’s climate and landscape make it a great place to live. With Mediterranean characteristics, our weather includes glorious summers of warm temperatures, mostly sunny skies and low humidity. Most of our rain falls in winter and there is little snow. Temperatures are mild year round, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Spring and fall are also moist seasons, with light rain falling for long periods. Winter snowfall does occur, but it is sporadic and rarely accumulates in large amounts.


Annual cultural events include the Asian Celebration in February, the weekly Saturday Market (April through December), the Bach Festival in early summer, the Oregon Country Fair in July, the Lane County Fair in August, and the Eugene Celebration in September.

There’s so much creativity in Eugene, all over the city and Lane County. The University offers the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at, there’s the Hult Centerwith its highly acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival and 8 resident companies, the John C. Shedd Institute for the Arts , Eugene’s Art in Public Places program, the Maude Kerns Art Center classesart galleries. There’s even a Scottish Country Dance.


To enjoy the outdoors, try the following links: ObsidiansEugene GearsEugene Cascades to Coast and Fishing in America.

Civic Life and Community

Eugene is a progressive and politically active community. It is easy to find your niche as a member of many of the many organizations working for the betterment of the city’s residents and the health of its surroundings.

Concerned about the effects of climate change? “The answer is the Pacific Northwest, and probably especially west of the Cascades,” said Ben Strauss, vice president for climate impacts and director of the program on sea level rise at Climate Central, a research collaboration of scientists and journalists. “Actually, the strip of coastal land running from Canada down to the Bay Area is probably the best,” he added. Read Community activities and privacy in balanced measure, and a commitment to deepening our relationships through sharing work and play, while allowing autonomy and respecting the privacy of one’s home.

Eugene and Springfield offer a home to people of many different spiritual orientations including many places to worship. In addition, the following non-denominational organizations support this River Song Cohousing goal: Center for the New American DreamOregon Network For Compassionate Communication, and the Non-Violent Communication Meet-Up Group.

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