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.

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.

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 18.26 minutes getting to work every day.

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.