Corvallis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 55,780 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Corvallis is the tenth largest community in Oregon.
Housing costs in Corvallis are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Oregon.
Corvallis is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Corvallis is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Corvallis who work in teaching (13.29%), office and administrative support (10.47%), and management occupations (9.78%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Corvallis has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Also of interest is that Corvallis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Corvallis telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.31% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Corvallis is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Corvallis have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Corvallis’s economy is one such example of this.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Corvallis spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.28 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Corvallis. 58.48% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Corvallis in 2010 was $25,002, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,008 for a family of four. However, Corvallis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Corvallis is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Corvallis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Corvallis residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Corvallis include Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Corvallis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.