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Eugene ( / juː ˈ dʒ iː n / yu- JEEN ) is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley , near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast. 
As of the 2010 census , Eugene had a population of 156,185; it is the second most populous city in the state (after Portland ) and the county seat of Lane County.   The Eugene-Springfield, Oregon metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is the 146th largest metropolitan statistical area in the US and the third-largest in the state, behind the Portland Metropolitan Area and the Salem Metropolitan Area.  The city's population for 2014 was estimated to be 160,561 by the US Census. 
Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and Lane Community College.   The city is also noted for its natural environment, recreational opportunities (especially bicycling , running / jogging , rafting , and kayaking ), and focus on the arts. Eugene's official slogan is "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors".  It is also referred to as the "Emerald City" and as "Track Town, USA".  The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.  In 2021, the city will host the 18th Track and Field World Championships.