Springfield Real Estate and Community Information

Springfield Real Estate and Community Information

Set at the foot of the beautiful Coburg Hills in the Southern Willamette Valley is the City of Springfield, Oregon.  Springfield is part of the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area and is second in size to Eugene with a population of around 59,000.  Springfield was founded by the Briggs family in 1848 and was incorporated in 1885 and named after a natural spring in the area.

Springfield was known originally as a logging community, but has since the 1990s the economy has shifted, with PeaceHealth now the largest employer in the city, specifically at the newly built RiverBend Hospital. Springfield also has fame in popular culture as being the basis for the fictional Springfield in The Simpson’s cartoon, which was confirmed by the show’s creator, Matt Groening, who was an Oregon resident.

Shopping & Dining

Springfield boasts a great deal of places to shop and dine.  The Shoppes at Gateway, formerly Gateway Mall, is Springfield’s largest shopping center, as well as one of the largest shopping centers in all of Oregon. It was recently remodeled from an indoor mall to a mall that has stores with outside entrances.  Several new restaurants were also added around the mall, such as Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, along with Buffalo Wild Wings.

Stores in the mall include anchors such as target, Sears, Kohl’s and Cabella’s Sporting Goods. There also a combo of discount clothing retailers – Marshall’s and Ross Dress For Less.  There’s also a unique Walmart spinoff called Walmart Neighborhood Market, which features a more defined retail selection of groceries and related items, along with a pharmacy.

Other dining choices in Springfield include Plank Town Brewing Company, Ranchito Grill, and Five guys Burgers on Gateway Road.  Gateway Road is also home to Elmer’s, Original Roadhouse Grill, and IHOP, and Denny’s, among other favorites for those looking to eat as they travel down the Interstate 5 corridor.

Living

Springfield is home to around 60,000 residents.  For many years, the timber industry was the economic heart of the city, with Weyerhaeuser being the largest employer.  Over the years, the logging industry was forced to downsize as old growth lumber became less available. Now the economy is more diversified, with major employers such as PeaceHealth, Springfield School District, Symantec, and Royal Caribbean International.

Parks & Recreation

Springfield has no shortage of parks and recreation facilities to take advantage of the area’s natural beauty.  Parks include Willamalane Park, Pacific Park, Fort Park, along with aquatic parks and climbing facilities.

Education & Healthcare

The Springfield School District is one of the largest in the state and cares for 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 4 high schools. The largest of those schools is Thurston High School, whose football team has won the Midwestern League title six times, as recently as 2009.

Springfield also is home to 2 major hospital facilities, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.  RiverBend is a new facility built in 2008 that houses a Level II trauma center including full medical/surgical care and helicopter access.  It also includes a wide array of specialty medical services and a 388-bed hospital.