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Overview

Introduction to Corvallis, Oregon

Nestled in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley is the city of Corvallis, county seat of Benton County. The city is situated in the central part of western Oregon at the confluence of the Willamette and Mary's Rivers, approximately 83 miles south of Portland, 47 miles north of Eugene and Springfield, and 30 miles south of the state capital of Salem. Incorporated as a city in 1857, the city's roots trace back to 1845 when the first official claim to land in this area was made by Joseph C. Avery. Originally called Marysville, Corvallis was renamed in 1853 in order to avoid confusion with Marysville, California. Avery is credited with coming up with Corvallis as the city's new name, which he derived from a compounding of a Latin phrase meaning "heart of the valley."

Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, which also happens to be the city's largest employer. Another large employer in Corvallis is Hewlett-Packard Corporation, whose printer cartridge manufacturing and prototyping facility is located in the northeast part of the city. Corvallis in fact was the birthplace of computer ink jet printing technology by Hewlett-Packard. Highways in the city include U.S. Route 20 and Oregon State Highways 34 and 99W. About 10 miles east of the city is the city of Albany and also Interstate 5, which provides access to the larger cities of Eugene, Salem, and Portland.

Things to do in Corvallis

Corvallis and its surrounding area have more than 50 parks and designated wildlife preserves. One of the largest is Riverfront Commemorative Park, which runs along the Willamette River on the eastern edge of downtown Corvallis. Designated as a "Bike-Friendly City," Corvallis boasts miles of bike paths and trails. The city is also home to a number of annual events and festivals, including the following:

  • Red White & Blues Festival: Held every July 3rd and 4th, the festival features great blues bands, food, Oregon wines and micro brews, arts & crafts, a family parade, and fireworks.
  • Philomath Frolic & Rodeo: Held during the second weekend of July, this event includes three rodeos sanctioned by the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA). Also featured are Lions Club breakfasts, beef and chicken barbecues, crafts, and parades.
  • da Vinci Days Festival: Held annually on the third weekend in July, this event features music, entertainment, contests, and hands-on activities for all ages.
  • Benton County Fair and Rodeo: Held during the first week in August.
  • Hoop Jam: A two-day 3-on-3 basketball tournament open to all interested basketball players (youth and adult) which takes place in mid-August.
  • The Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire: Held in September.
  • Corvallis Fall Festival: Held in late September, this is the largest Arts & Crafts festival in the Corvallis area.

There are a large variety of other things to do in Corvallis. The Benton County Historical Museum houses an extensive collection of materials relating to the county's history. The Opera Theater Corvallis, founded in 1991, is involved in many community events, including ballet, lectures, and full-scale operatic productions. Day trips can be made to a number of interesting nearby attractions, including Alsea Falls (25 miles south of Corvallis) for fishing or picnicking, Mary's Peak (16 miles west of Corvallis), the highest peak in the Coast Range Mountains, and the Peavy Arboretum (8 miles north of Corvallis). Wineries are abundant in the area, and several are located off Highway 99W close to Corvallis.

Corvallis sports fans are still buzzing about the outcome of the 2006 College World Series, where the Oregon State Beavers baseball team overcame long odds to capture the NCAA national championship. The team that many people did not think could win a game in the College World Series ended up winning it all. Despite losing both the opening game of the World Series and the opening game of its best-of-three championship series, the Beavers capped their dream season by edging North Carolina 3-2 in Game 3 to take the crown. Surprisingly, 60 percent of the players on the Beavers championship roster were homegrown natives of Oregon. Major league scouts were obviously impressed with the team, as nine of its players were subsequently selected in the 2006 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Professional sports can be found in cities near Corvallis. The area's only major league franchise is located in Portland, and it is the National Basketball Association's Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is also home to hockey's Winter Hawks, who play in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and to Minor League Baseball's Portland Beavers, a Pacific Coast League team which is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. Other minor league teams not too far from Corvallis are baseball's Eugene Emeralds (single-A Padres affiliate) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (short-season single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants).

Demographics

People

Total Population55,766
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens11.4%
Employed Population 16+26,106
Age of the Population27

Families

% of people married34.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher60.2%
Median Earnings25+$33,532
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,402
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,863

Wealth

Median Family Income$77,690
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work22.6%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$902
Median House Value$276,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.1%
German17.8%
English11.4%
Irish10.6%
Italian4.3%
Norwegian3.8%
Scottish3.1%
French Except Basque2.9%
Swedish2.8%
Dutch2.2%
Polish2.1%
Danishn1.2%
Welsh1%
Canadian0.9%
Russian0.8%
Arab0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Czech0.6%
Finnish0.5%
African0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Basque0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Turkish0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Corvallis Almanac

CategoryValue
County Benton County
Standard Zip Codes97331, 97333, 97330
P.O. Box Zip Codes97339
Phone Area Codes541
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude44.56
Approximate Longitude-123.28

Corvallis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCORVALLIS STATE UNIV
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 47 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.6 inches
StationCORVALLIS WATER BUREAU
Distance9.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp50 to 77 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip67.7 inches
StationSTAYTON
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp41 to 61 F
Jul Temp53 to 80 F
Oct Temp43 to 64 F
Annual Precip53.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Adair Village933$67,143
Albany51,919$60,772
Halsey935$53,750
Jefferson3,207$54,167
Philomath4,584$65,878
Tangent1,172$60,139

Corvallis Public Libraries

Corvallis-benton County Public Library
645 NW MONROE AVE
Corvallis, Oregon
(541) 766-6928

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Corvallis Hospitals

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3600 Nw Samaritan Drive

Corvallis Public Schools

Cheldelin Middle School
987 Conifer Blvd Ne
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5971
Middle
Total Enrollment 562
Corvallis High School
1400 Nw Buchanan Ave
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5871
High
Total Enrollment 1279
Crescent Valley High School
4444 Nw Highland Dr
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5801
High
Total Enrollment 1014
Franklin School
750 Nw 18th St
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5747
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Garfield Elementary School
1205 Nw Garfield Ave
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5941
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Hoover Elementary School
3838 Nw Walnut Blvd
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5958
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Jefferson Elementary School
1825 Nw 27th St
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5951
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Linus Pauling Middle School
1111 Nw Cleveland Ave
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5961
Middle
Total Enrollment 712
Mt View Elementary School
340 Ne Granger Ave
ZIP: 97330
(541) 766-4760
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Wilson Elementary School
2701 Nw Satinwood
ZIP: 97330
(541) 757-5987
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Adams Elementary School
1615 Sw 35th St
ZIP: 97333
(541) 757-5938
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Inavale Community Partners Dba Muddy Creek Charter School
30252 Bellfountain Rd
ZIP: 97333
(541) 752-0377
Primary
Total Enrollment 103
Lincoln Elementary School
110 Se Alexander Ave
ZIP: 97333
(541) 757-5955
Primary
Total Enrollment 385

Corvallis Private Schools

Corvallis Montessori School
2730 Nw Greeley Ave
ZIP: 97330
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Corvallis Waldorf School
3855 Ne Highway 20
ZIP: 97330
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
Good Samaritan School
333 Nw 35th St
ZIP: 97330
Elementary
Total Enrollment 59
Yes House Alternative School
404 Nw 23rd St
ZIP: 97330
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Zion Lutheran School
2800 Nw Tyler Ave
ZIP: 97330
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
Beaver Beginnings
1262 Sw Adams
ZIP: 97331
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Ashbrook Independent School
4045 Sw Research Way
ZIP: 97333
Elementary
Total Enrollment 149
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