Corvallis, OR
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Corvallis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 57,110 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 88.72% 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 (14.18%), food service (10.53%), and office and administrative support (9.97%).

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 7.45% 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.

In addition, Corvallis is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Corvallis culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Corvallis really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Corvallis every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Corvallis. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Corvallis benefits directly from this.

One of the benefits of Corvallis is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.78 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Corvallis use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Corvallis‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Corvallis, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Corvallis is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.18% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Corvallis in 2010 was $26,804, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,216 for a family of four. However, Corvallis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Corvallis is a very 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Corvallis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.