Facts & Demographics

In-Depth Information About Springfield, Oregon

Springfield, OR

So you're considering moving to Springfield...

Springfield is ideally situated just to the east of I-5 and between the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. This location provides access to major arteries and easy access to the coast, rivers and mountains. Springfield has much to offer visitors and tourists, as well as businesses and individuals who are considering making this great city their home. With a history that has roots and an adventurous pioneer spirit, Springfield today has progressive-thinking individuals who plan for the present with an eye on the future.

Distance from Springfield

Salem: 64 miles
Portland: 104 miles
Seattle: 224 miles
San Francisco: 449 miles

Fast Facts

Population: 58,000
Elevation: 459
Annual High temperature: 63 degrees
Annual Low temperature: 43 degree
Annual rainfall: 46.06 inches

August is the driest month; November is the wettest month. This may seem like a lot of rain but that is what keeps Oregon green and beautiful year around.

History of Springfield

In 1849 Elias Briggs and his wife Mary took the southern route from Kentucky to the Pacific Northwest and built their home near a babbling spring. Elias Briggs began to develop the town around this babbling spring in a field near his homestead which is now known as Springfield. Springfield incorporated as a city in 1885, and continues to attract new businesses and residents with its prime location and high quality of life.

Housing

Area Average Sales Price
(in $)
Appreciation
Average
Sales Price
Median Sales Price
(in $)
North Gilham 314,700 3.3% 318,500
Ferry St. Bridge 277,400 5% 224,000
East Eugene 318,000 9.8% 305,300
South West Eugene 285,200 19% 256,800
West Eugene 231,900 27.3% 209,800
Danebo 225,200 12.9% 206,000
River Road 220,100 8% 223,800
Santa Clara 254,500 14.4% 252,400
Springfield 162,200 11.1% 161,000
Thurston 216,600 15.3% 229,900
Hayden Bridge 194,400 16.5% 198,000
All Areas 245,472 12.96% 235,045

Property Tax

Assessed value of property times tax rate for area in which property is located. Districts within school boundaries ($8.55-$16.55/$1,000 of assessed value).

Economy

"Several regional and national companies call Springfield home."

The Springfield economy is growing and diversifying at a very rapid pace. After a decade of nearly no growth-the 1980s to the early 1990s-the pace and picture of the local economy has shifted dramatically. Once considered a single economy city, Springfield today enjoys a diverse business climate that includes strong business in several sectors: wood products, high tech, medical, tourism, software, industrial manufacturing and many more. Several regional and national companies call Springfield home. Weyerhaeuser, Shorewood, Symantec, Kingsford, Hexion Chemical, are just a few companies that have helped support our thriving community. We continue to promote business vitality and economic growth. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines opening its national call center, in January 2006, brought 500 jobs to our area. Additionally, after the completion of RiverBend facility in Springfield, PeaceHealth Oregon now provides jobs for 3400 employees. Welcome all new businesses to Springfield and our surrounding areas. Welcome all new businesses to Springfield and our surrounding areas.

Top 10 Employers in Lane County

Employer No. of employees
University of Oregon 4,000
PeaceHealth Oregon 3,400
City of Eugene 2,200
Eugene School District 2,025
Lane Community College 2,000
U.S. Government 1,800
Lane County 1,462
Springfield School District 1,406
State of Oregon 1,100
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center 750

Per Capita Personal Income (for Springfield-Eugene)

$29,093 (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2000 Census).

Lane County Overview

Lane County was named for General Joseph Lane, a rugged frontier hero who was Oregon's first territorial Governor.

Website: www.co.lane.or.us
Established: January 28, 1851
Elevation: 422 feet
Area: 4,620 square miles
Population: 339,740 (2007)
Economy: Agriculture, higher education, high technology, wood products, recreation, RV manufacturing and tourism.
Points of Interest: 20 Historic covered bridges, coastal & sand dunes, Fern Ridge Arboretum, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Sea Lion Caves, Lane County Historical Museum.

Economy: Agriculture, higher education, high technology, wood products, recreation, RV manufacturing and tourism. Points of Interest: 20 Historic covered bridges, coastal & sand dunes, Fern Ridge Arboretum, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Sea Lion Caves, Lane County Historical Museum.

Connected To Your Community

City Government

Mayor: Christine Lundberg

City Councilors: Hillary Wylie, Dave Ralston, Joe Pishioneri, Marilee Woodrow, Sheri Moore, Sean Van Gordon.

School District Information

Springfield Public Schools (SPS) serves approximately 11,000 children in a 187 square mile area. SPS employs nearly 1,600 teachers and staff within Springfield's 26 schools and district offices.

Breakdown of Schools:

Number of elementary schools (Grades K thru 5): 16
Number of elementary school instructors: 319
Number of secondary schools (Grades 6 thru 12): 7
Number of secondary school instructors: 300
Alternative education schools (Grades 6 thru 12): 2
Number of community colleges: 1

Nancy Golden currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for SPS, with Steve Barrett as Deputy Superintendent. A five-member school board composed of elected community members governs SPS. The current SPS School Board members are: Laurie Adams, Jonathan Light, Al King, Garry Weber and Bill Medford.

Our vision: Schools and community engaging students in learning.
Our mission: Assure success for all students by providing a quality education guided by the community with excellent teaching, staff support, and leadership.
Core beliefs: As a District, we are focused on making sure our students succeed academically as well as obtaining the knowledge, skills and experiences identified by our community as vital to the success of all students. We believe that the schools belong to the community and the community belongs to the schools. Investment in Springfield schools is investment in Springfield's future. By educating every aspect of the student, we aim to foster life-long learning even after graduation.

Programs unique to SPS

Gateways Learning Center is an alternative-learning center designed for students who are experiencing difficulty in a traditional middle/high school setting.
The Academy of Arts & Academics (A3) is a small academically rigorous high school with an emphasis on the arts. Teachers work to integrate students' skills and talent in media & theatre arts into all curriculum areas. A3 is scheduled to open in Sep. 2006.
The S.T.A.R.T.T. initiative provides each student and teacher at Springfield Middle School an iBook computer for teaching and learning 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Springfield Public Schools is excited to have the first public school in Oregon to rollout this innovative "one-to-one" program.

Springfield Public Schools is lucky to have a thriving relationship with the greater Springfield community. Business partnerships and community volunteers make this bond possible. For more information about enrolling in SPS or getting involved as a community member, please contact Jonnie Meyers at jmeyers@sps.lane.edu or 541·747·3331.

"We will hold the interests of children to be at the heart of all decisions."

525 Mill St.
Springfield, OR 97477
Ph: 541-747-3331
www.sps.lane.edu

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