In many ways and by many Oregonians, Eugene epitomizes what Oregon is all about. Not the biggest City, not even close to the overcrowded Portland. Eugene is the 2nd largest City in Oregon and represents the essence of their motto; "The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors". People across the country still think of Oregon the way former Gov. Tom McCall described it: a nice place to visit. The state’s natural beauty is by far the most common thing mentioned in a recent national survey conducted by DHM Research. That was followed by access to outdoor recreation. Compared to the massive growth rate in the Portland Vancouver Metropolitn area, Eugene is still pristine.
Eugene lies in the Marine west coast climate zone within the Willamette Valley, with some characteristics of the Mediterranean climate. Temperatures are mild year round, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Spring and fall are wet seasons, with light rain falling for long periods of time. Winter snowfall does occur, but it is sporadic and rarely accumulates in large amounts. The hottest months are July and August, with average highs of around 82 F, and an average of five or six days of temperatures above 90. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 46 F, and an average of fourteen days below freezing.