Eugene, Oregon

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Eugene (pronounced /juːˈdʒiːn/) is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the county seat of Lane County. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (86 km) east of the Oregon Coast.

As of 2008, Eugene had a population of 154,620,[2] and the Greater Eugene-Springfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had a population of 345,880. While Eugene has long been the second largest city in Oregon, it was briefly surpassed by Salem between 2005 and 2007.[5][6][7] The Eugene-Springfield, Oregon MSA is the 144th largest metropolitan statistical area of the U.S, and the third largest in the state, behind the Salem Metropolitan Area.

Eugene is home to the University of Oregon. The city is also noted for its natural beauty, recreational opportunities (especially bicycling, running/jogging, rafting, kayaking), focus on the arts, activist political leanings, and residents with "alternative" lifestyles. Eugene's motto is "The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors." It is also referred to as the "Emerald City", and "Track Town, USA."[8] The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.

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