The 10 Best Eugene, OR Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Eugene.
Best Neighborhoods In Eugene

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 2019:

  1. Laurel Hill Valley (Homes)
  2. Friendly Area (Homes)
  3. Crest Drive (Homes)
  4. Fairmount (Homes)
  5. Amazon (Homes)
  6. Churchill Area (Homes)
  7. Harlow (Homes)
  8. Southeast (Homes)
  9. Cal Young (Homes)
  10. Santa Clara (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Eugene for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Laurel Hill Valley looks to be the best Eugene neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Eugene that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Eugene.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Eugene hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 22 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, Laurel Hill Valley.

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

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 636
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $358,450 (2nd best)
Median Income: $98,060 (1st best)
More on Laurel Hill Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Friendly Area Eugene, OR

Source: Public domain
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8.5
/10

Population: 7,954
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $285,222 (6th best)
Median Income: $54,232 (9th best)
More on Friendly Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Friendly is a neighborhood in south central Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is represented by the neighborhood association Friendly Area Neighbors.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,124
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $305,433 (4th best)
Median Income: $80,871 (2nd best)
More on Crest Drive: Homes For Sale | Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 4,307
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $397,825 (1st best)
Median Income: $58,499 (8th best)
More on Fairmount: Homes For Sale | Data

Amazon Eugene, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,557
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $335,250 (3rd best)
Median Income: $50,672 (10th best)
More on Amazon: Homes For Sale | Data

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8
/10

Population: 9,308
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $281,330 (8th best)
Median Income: $63,726 (4th best)
More on Churchill Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,889
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $231,329 (11th best)
Median Income: $49,402 (11th best)
More on Harlow: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,881
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $282,182 (7th best)
Median Income: $62,647 (6th best)
More on Southeast: Homes For Sale | Data

Southeast is the southernmost neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon, United States.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,815
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $241,807 (10th best)
Median Income: $59,779 (7th best)
More on Cal Young: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,754
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $231,057 (12th best)
Median Income: $63,060 (5th best)
More on Santa Clara: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Eugene

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Eugene aren’t all good. West Eugene takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Eugene.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Eugene For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Laurel Hill Valley 636 $358,450 $98,060
2 Friendly Area 7,954 $285,222 $54,232
3 Crest Drive 5,124 $305,433 $80,871
4 Fairmount 4,307 $397,825 $58,499
5 Amazon 1,557 $335,250 $50,672
6 Churchill Area 9,308 $281,330 $63,726
7 Harlow 12,889 $231,329 $49,402
8 Southeast 11,881 $282,182 $62,647
9 Cal Young 19,815 $241,807 $59,779
10 Santa Clara 17,754 $231,057 $63,060
11 Jefferson Westside 7,091 $261,362 $29,215
12 South University 3,766 $295,033 $15,640
13 River Road 12,412 $204,333 $45,660
14 Industrial Corridor 2,906 $212,000 $64,718
15 Far West 4,552 $189,800 $44,386
16 Active Bethel 26,225 $147,138 $46,446
17 Downtown 3,345 $209,729 $15,041
18 Whiteaker 3,646 $194,400 $23,607
19 Trainsong 2,389 $157,967 $32,569
20 West University 7,119 $53,333 $10,672
21 U Of O Campus 2,568 $177,000 $22,500
22 West Eugene 3,801 $171,986 $32,064

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One thought on “The 10 Best Eugene, OR Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019

  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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