Ratings & Reports

Nestled in the Willamette Valley between the breathtaking scenery of the Cascade Mountain sand Oregon Coast Range, the City of Eugene prides itself on being one of the most livable cities in the United States. Eugene’s natural beauty, cultural attractions and other desirable attributes continue to attract people and businesses to the area.

Home to more than 150,000 people, Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city. It covers approximately 41.5 square miles. The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city and joined by the McKenzie River to the north of town.

Eugene’s economy is supported by a number of industries and by businesses of all sizes. At the heart of the Eugene economy are the homegrown small- and medium-sized businesses. Most of Eugene’s businesses employ fewer than 20 workers. Including sole proprietorships and limited partnerships, there are more than 10,000 businesses in and around Eugene. Manufacturing, retail trade and healthcare and social assistance make up nearly 40% of total employment in Lane County. Since it is home to the University of Oregon and a Federal courthouse, government employment helps add stability to Lane County’s economy.

Yet don’t take our word for it, check out what others are saying about the Business Climate in Eugene/Springfield:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine named Eugene the top town in the country for “Green Scenes: Where capitalism meets eco-consciousness.” Cities were ranked in 10 categories important to entrepreneurs, including physical environment and creativity.

  • The University of Oregon ranks 115 in the "Best National Universities" list of top tier institutions in U.S. News Media Group’s 2012 America's Best Colleges rankings of 1,400 schools. In addition, the UO Lundquist College of Business ranked 42 in the top 50 "Best Business Programs" list.

  • Eugene was designated a Gold Level - Walk Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

  • Oregon ranked among top ten in the country in Forbes.com’s 2011 list of Best States for Business. The Forbes.com ranking is based on data collected in six categories: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

  • The University of Oregon’s architecture program was selected as the nation’s number one program for sustainable design education by Design Intelligence and featured in the 2013 issue of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.

  • Locally-owned businesses are at the heart of the American economy. They create jobs, boost local economies and add vibrancy to nearby communities. In 2011 The Washington Post ranked Eugene as the 16th best city in the country for independent businesses


  • In 2011 and 2014 Livability.com ranked Downtown Eugene as among the top 10 downtowns in the country for mid-sized cities.