Corvallis’ college town atmosphere and an economy rooted in education, high-tech industries and healthcare contribute to a community spirit of entrepreneurialism, experimentation and respect for diversity.
The arts flourish under the patronage and involvement of the community. Growing cadres of entertainment entrepreneurs are helping to nurture and build a thriving music scene and independent film community. Local visual artists and artisans abound and find support and venues through The Arts Center, the Corvallis Art Guild, the Darkside Cinema and many other organizations. The Majestic Theater provides classes and a training program in the performing arts. Additionally, Oregon State University Theater Arts offers top-notch productions throughout the academic year, and members of the community are invited to audition for plays on campus.
While Corvallis has a budding cosmopolitan urbanity, it maintains the character of a small town. From quiet neighborhoods to friendly commercial districts, this is a community where it’s hard to stay a “stranger.” The town is anchored by five retail districts, and is centered on a beautiful downtown. The focal point for the community is emerging along the Willamette River at Riverfront Park. This wonderful feature adds to the charm of downtown, which itself is the pride and joy of Corvallis. Here, as well as in the other retail districts, you will find restaurants and entertainment venues opened on a regular basis, and locally owned, unique destination businesses that are thriving.
Variety, opportunity, charm and friend-liness—these are the characteristics that make Corvallis a livable community.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
* Benton County “Oregon’s Healthiest County” – 2011
* American Institute for Economic Research - #7 Best College Town – 2010, 2008
* Forbes #19 Best Small Places for Business & Careers – 2010
* RelocateAmerica.com – Top 100 Best Places to Live & #6 Top Recreation City – 2010
* Bicycling.com #2 Best Small Bicycling City in US - 2010
* EPA - #1 Greenest City in America – 2009
* Farmers Insurance Group – Safest Small City US 2009, 2008
* Sunset Magazine – Top Ten Favorite Eco- Friendly Cities - 2009
* Forbes 5th Smartest City in America - 2008
* AARP - #3 Longest Life Expectancy in US - 2008
* Home of two-time Nobel Prize Winner Linus J. Pauling (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962) and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University
Corvallis is in the heart of the Willamette Valley and is bordered by the Willamette River to the east and Mary’s River to the south. Corvallis is conveniently located one hour from ocean beaches and two and a half hours from the Cascades.
• Average commute time: 15 minutes
• Area within city limits: 14.02 square miles
• Street miles within city limits: 181.65
• Fixed route transit services serve Corvallis and Philomath
• Commuter shuttle service between Corvallis and Albany
• Ten miles to I-5 on four-lane highway OR 34
• Located at the junction of highways U.S 20, OR 34 and OR 99W
• Freight train service
• Municipal Airport with two runways
• 10 miles to Amtrack passenger train service (Albany)
• Greyhound service with up to 9 busses per day
• Inter-modal container facility (Port of Portland): 93 miles
Air service is a priority for our region’s economic vitality and the Eugene Airport can connect you to the world. Four commercial air carriers prove direct service to Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Medford, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu. The airport is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Connection, Horizon Air and United Express.
Airport Administration (541) 682-5430 www.flyeugene.com
At 235 feet above sea level, the climate in Corvallis is mild. Average high temperature in the winter is 40 degrees Fahrenheit and range between 80-85 in the Summer. Average rainfall is 40 inches per year. Snow is unusual on the valley floor, averaging one inch or less per year in Corvallis.
Oregon Coast (Newport) 52 miles, 1 hour
Portland International Airport 95 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes
Eugene International Airport 36 miles, 50 minutes
Portland Metro 83 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes
Ski resorts 98.5 miles, 2 hours