These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Eugene For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Eugene are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Eugene, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Eugene neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Eugene are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Eugene for 2018:

  1. Fairmount
  2. Crest Drive
  3. Churchill Area
  4. Friendly Area
  5. Amazon
  6. Southeast
  7. Harlow
  8. Cal Young
  9. Industrial Corridor
  10. Far West

Read on to see how we determined the places around Eugene that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Oregon check out the best places in Oregon overall or the worst neighborhoods in Eugene.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Eugene for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Eugene, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Eugene.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Fairmount.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Eugene has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Fairmount

Population: 4,165
Median Income: $59,238
Median Home Value: $395,150

2. Crest Drive

Population: 5,049
Median Income: $75,430
Median Home Value: $311,567

3. Churchill Area

Population: 9,304
Median Income: $63,995
Median Home Value: $268,680

4. Friendly Area

Population: 7,621
Median Income: $49,336
Median Home Value: $284,189

5. Amazon

Population: 1,588
Median Income: $48,822
Median Home Value: $303,100

6. Southeast

Population: 11,630
Median Income: $62,376
Median Home Value: $286,800

7. Harlow

Population: 13,144
Median Income: $44,544
Median Home Value: $246,143

8. Cal Young

Population: 19,311
Median Income: $58,858
Median Home Value: $260,120

9. Industrial Corridor

Population: 3,012
Median Income: $58,826
Median Home Value: $206,375

10. Far West

Population: 4,140
Median Income: $35,858
Median Home Value: $186,040

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Eugene

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Eugene where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Eugene:

  1. Downtown
  2. Active Bethel
  3. U Of O Campus

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Eugene

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Fairmount 1 4,165 $395,150 2,507 3.7%
Crest Drive 2 5,049 $311,567 2,144 3.4%
Churchill Area 3 9,304 $268,680 3,378 5.8%
Friendly Area 4 7,621 $284,189 3,570 3.8%
Amazon 5 1,588 $303,100 3,595 4.1%
Southeast 6 11,630 $286,800 3,108 5.2%
Harlow 7 13,144 $246,143 4,065 4.4%
Cal Young 8 19,311 $260,120 3,253 5.2%
Industrial Corridor 9 3,012 $206,375 4,467 5.0%
Far West 10 4,140 $186,040 4,436 10.6%
South University 11 3,652 $307,900 4,134 7.9%
West Eugene 12 3,755 $173,257 5,268 13.5%
Santa Clara 13 18,248 $222,814 4,191 5.7%
Trainsong 14 2,084 $162,733 5,267 5.1%
River Road 15 11,963 $199,300 4,728 8.1%
Whiteaker 16 3,869 $183,500 5,287 12.6%
Jefferson Westside 17 6,737 $168,725 5,234 6.1%
U Of O Campus 18 2,462 $182,300 6,152 5.7%
Active Bethel 19 25,785 $143,650 5,481 7.0%
Downtown 20 3,011 $86,871 6,407 4.1%

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Eugene For 2018

  1. I found it interesting that the Fairmont neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon was listed as the best neighborhood due to low umemployment, crime rate, and high population density. My friend is going to be buying his first home and has been thinking about moving to Oregon. Are there other benefits to living in Oregon in general?

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