The Willamette Valley is located midway between the easily accessible Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast. And, the cities of Eugene and Springfield offer families one of the most livable locations in the United States. However, it’s Eugene’s valley setting and proximity to outdoor activities, its cultural attractions and other desirable attributes that continue to attract people to this area to complete their education, begin their careers, raise a family, and often to start and build a business.
The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is home to more than 300,000 people, and Eugene has approximately 160,000 residents making it Oregon’s third largest city. The City of Eugene covers approximately 41.5 square miles and the beautiful Willamette River bisects the town in much the same way as Interstate 5 separates Eugene from its neighboring city Springfield.
The climate in the Eugene-Springfield could best be described as moderate all year round. While temperatures can experience extremes, these unusual temperatures only last for one or two days at most. Meanwhile, area residents can experience all four seasons within an hour’s drive of their home knowing they can come at anytime to a year round temperate climate.
Lane County is noted for its friendly neighborhoods, diverse shopping venues, a wealth of professional and social services, and a crime rate that’s below the national average. And, there is a plentiful and wide range of affordable housing options for every lifestyle and income range.
The Eugene-Springfield economy is anchored by the University of Oregon, Sacred Heart’s Riverbend hospital, and local, state, and federal government jobs. In addition, there are mid-sized businesses of every type and at the heart of it all many small businesses that are thriving and growing.
Many national surveys rank Eugene as one of the “Best Places to Live and Launch a Small Business”, one of the “top 50 green cities” and according to the 2014 Kosmont-Rose Institute survey Eugene ranks as one of the least expensive cities in the nation when it comes to the “Cost of Doing Business.”
Being a college town, there’s an emphasis on education in the area as evidenced by the fact that more than 1/3 of Lane County’s population has completed four or more years of college. And, the local community college and several for-profit, post-secondary education centers help train high school graduates for skilled trade and service positions in the local economy.
Lane County’s agricultural belt and proximity to major West Coast trade routes helps to maintain a stable price for essential food items year round. Both electric and natural gas rates here are among the lowest in the country. Local residents also find that the cost of living in Lane County is lower than in many of the surrounding states when you compare consumer price categories.
Lane County’s transportation infrastructure is designed to handle today’s and tomorrow’s needs. Interstate-5, the main north-south freeway makes the area extremely accessible for the delivery of raw materials as well as the transport of products to market. Major land, rail and air routes intersect the Eugene-Springfield area and link Lane County to a network of western and Pacific Rim trade opportunities.
The Eugene Airport (Mahan Field) is a regional terminal that provides both passenger and cargo services with either direct flights or via a single connection to many of the world’s markets. Local air carriers include: Allegiant Air, Delta Connections, Horizon Air, and United Express.
Close proximity to the major north-south interstate gives Lane county unique access to more than 50 trucking carriers. These various freight companies provide overnight service to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. In addition, shipments can be made to Phoenix and Denver within 72-hours from Lane county.
Cargo transportation services via BNSF and Union Pacific offers shipment to all four corners of the country. And, it also means that local rail passengers are able to embark on nationwide travels from Eugene.
Finally, Lane County is within close proximity to the deep-water ports of the Port of Portland and the International Port of Coos Bay which can handle full-sized freighters. Having access to these ports means that our Oregon ports puts your cargo one full day closer to Asian Countries than cargo that embarks or is received in the port of Long Beach.
For both individuals and/or businesses considering a move to the Eugene-Springfield area, local resources have been set up to help make your move a smooth transition. Two of the best local resources are the Lane Metro Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce. Each resource has compiled many links to the vast resources within the community and have made them available to everyone on their websites. Here are several links to help you get started on your information gathering process: