One Of America’s Coolest Cities: Eugene, Oregon.
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest, located in the U.S. state of Oregon, at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast. It is the second most populous city in the state after Portland, having a population of 156,185 (2010 census). Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. The city is also noted for its natural environment, recreational opportunities, especially bicycling, running/jogging, rafting, and kayaking, and focus on the arts. The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene. Eugene’s largest employers are PeaceHealth Medical Group, the University of Oregon, and the Eugene School District. Its largest industries are wood products manufacturing and recreational vehicle manufacturing. Eugene’s visual arts community is supported by over 20 private art galleries and several organisations, including Maude Kerns Art Center, Lane Arts Council, DIVA (the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts), the Hult Center’s Jacobs Gallery, and the Eugene Glass School.
Like the rest of the Willamette Valley, Eugene lies in the Marine West Coast climate zone, with cool-summer Mediterranean characteristics. Temperatures can vary from cool to warm, with warm, dry summers and cool, 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: the average seasonal amount is 5 inches (12.7 cm), and the median is 0. The hottest months are July and August, with average highs of around 82 °F (28 °C), with an average of 15 days per year above 90 °F (32.2 °C). The coolest month is December, with the average daytime high in the mid-40s°F (7–8 °C), and nights averaging just above freezing.
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