Eugene, Ore.

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In our No. 15 small metro, students will find an alternative style of life, liberal politics, and all-round fun energy. Eugene makes the list due to its high quality of life, ranking third. Here you will find music festivals, fine dining, and a great art scene. Home to Nike, Eugene maintains a working-class base in timber and manufacturing, which explains its ranking among the lowest for a college-educated population. However, Eugene is a melting pot of upscale entrepreneurs, ex-hippie activists, and high-tech geeks.

#15 Eugene, Ore.

POPULATION: 358,176
STUDENTS: 39,088
RANKING DETAIL:
#18 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#17 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#2 CITY ACCESS
#9 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#7 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#16 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#18 LABOR FORCE
#19 INNOVATION
#14 RENT

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