Corvallis, OR
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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 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 (13.96%), office and administrative support (9.77%), and food service (9.54%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.59% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One of the benefits of Corvallis is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.26 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.

If knowledge is power, Corvallis is a pretty powerful place. 59.74% of the adults in Corvallis have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Corvallis in 2010 was $26,045, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,180 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.