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 (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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.59% 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.

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.

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.