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Outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and running actually dictate a substantial part of the social scene (along with counterculture ideas and viewpoints) and have defined Eugene’s population for years, which caused former mayor Jim Torrey to refer to Eugene as “the anarchist capital of the United States.” Whether or not you've got antigovernment beliefs, WE'VE got apartments in Eugene, and that's what we're both here for. So let's get started.
For a city with a total population just over 156,000 that’s been described as a city that “gets rural pretty fast”, it’s only natural that the city is divided into several different areas. Thanks (Or not, depending on your outlook) to its smaller size, it can be difficult to tell when leaving one neighborhood and arriving in another. In total, Eugene is a city broken down and comprised of 21 different neighborhoods.
Take a deep breath and get ready, here’s the list: Amazon, Bethel, Cal Young, Churchill, Crest Drive, Downtown, Fairmont, Far West, Friendly, Harlow, Industrial Corridor, Jefferson Westside, Laurel Hill Valley, River Road, Santa Clara, Southeast, Trainsong, West Eugene, West University and (Deep breath) Whiteaker. We won’t be covering every place in detail here, just a few to whet that appetite of yours.
When it comes to specific areas, you might want to look out for Trainsong and Whiteaker, two of the highest risk neighborhoods based on crime statistics. On the flipside, Crest Drive and Fairmount are two of the safest, so aspire to live there if that whole “personal safety” thing is a priority.
Even though there are so many different defined “neighborhoods”, it can be hard to physically tell the difference between leaving one and arriving in another. You’ll notice the changes mostly by the way apartments are priced in different parts of the city.
The downtown area of Eugene has been gentrified in recent years and is seen as a “cool up and coming area”. A one bedroom apartment in downtown will run you $735.00 a month on the low end to $825.00 a month on the high end.
In the Cal Young neighborhood, an area directly north of downtown, a one bedroom apartment starts at $735.00 per month and tops out at around $760.00.
Crest Drive is located in the southwestern part of the city and is one of the areas we recommend looking into. In addition to being safer, it’s also cheaper than other neighborhoods, with a one bedroom apartment leasing at anywhere from $590.00 to $650.00 per month. See? Not every low price tag brings criminal activity, after all!
The West University Neighborhood, despite the docile sounding name (south of downtown, west of University of Oregon. Crazy, ain’t it?), is also known for being a fairly rough area. But as with any city, the areas with more crime are generally cheaper to live in and West University is no different, with an average price for a one bedroom apartment being in the $528.00 to $600.00 price range for rent.
Bethel, Eugene’s largest neighborhood, is located on the far west side of the city. Because it’s larger, there’s also a larger variety of one bedroom apartment pricing, ranging from $650.00 to $760.00.
Residents of Eugene have one of the shortest commutes to school or work in the country, spending just over 16 minutes getting to work or school. The Lane Transit District (LTD) handles public transportation in Eugene, which is primarily by bus, and even has its own bus lanes to avoid slowdowns during peak hours, something most cities can’t brag about. Since it’s a community that takes pride in “green” living and generally appreciates the natural environment that surrounds the city, it’s no surprise that bike culture, and all those associated activities (Riding, admiring, wearing funny helmets, and gawking at price tags) is also very popular. Last year, Bicycling magazine named Eugene the fifth most bicycle friendly city in the US. The League of American Bicyclists named Eugene as one of the top 10 bicycling cities in America in 2009. Really, we weren’t joking about that. So grease your bike chain and check your air pressure, just not simultaneously! Again, we’re not joking about that, doing such a thing is very impractical.
Eugene, Oregon is an interesting city considering all it has to offer. The big city aspects we’ve come to expect (crime rate, varying neighborhoods) are all accounted for, but coupled with that small college town vibe. If that wasn’t enough, the penchant for the outdoors just completes the whole “Hey, wait a minute” reaction most people get when studying the place on paper. While these all make Eugene a very diverse city, it also means your apartment search won’t come with a list of cookie-cutter styles; whatever you’re looking for in style, price, and neighborhood, you can find it in Eugene. Get ready to appreciate college football a lot more, by the way. Consider moving “ducks” to the top of your “favorite animals” list, too. Happy hunting!