The City of Eugene, Oregon
The city of Eugene sits in Central Western Oregon, sharing the location with the union of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. With a population of 156,185 (as of 2010), as well as an area of 40.50 square miles. Eugene has claimed to being the second largest city within the confines of the state, falling only behind the northern city of Portland.
Eugene is renowned as "The Track and Field Capital of the World:" a slogan it most definitely lives up to. In fact, the Nike corporation (absolutely one of the most popular companies in sportswear and equipment in the world) had it’s beginnings in Eugene, and has sponsored much of the University of Oregon’s growth in athletics. The city of Eugene has also played home to the 1972, 1976, 1980, and 2008 US Olympic track and field trials. In 2012 it will gain this position once more.
Eugene is tightly bound with the city of Springfield, with both cities sharing their metropolitan area and being separated only by Interstate-5 (Eugene at the East, Springfield at the West). The city is also only an hour south of Oregon’s capital of Springfield, and about two hours away from the state’s most popular city, Portland.
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