Corvallis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 57,961 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.45% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Because Corvallis has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Corvallis lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Corvallis is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Corvallis people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.78 minutes getting to work every day.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Corvallis. 60.18% 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 $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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Corvallis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.