Corvallis is located in central western Oregon, United States. It is the county seat of Benton County and the principal city of the Corvallis, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Benton County.
Situated midway in the Willamette Valley, Corvallis is about 85 miles (137 km) south of Portland, 30 miles (48 km) south of the state capital, Salem, ten miles (16 km) southwest of Albany, about ten miles (16 km) west of Interstate 5 at its closest point, and 44 miles (71 km) north of Eugene / Springfield. By car, the travel time is about an hour and a half from Portland, and 45 minutes to an hour from Eugene/Springfield, taking I-5. Oregon Route 99W, a secondary north-south route, also runs through Corvallis.
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Demographics and Census Data
Corvallis is the largest principal city of the Albany-Corvallis-Lebanon CSA, a Combined Statistical Area that includes the Corvallis metropolitan area (Benton County) and the Albany-Lebanon micropolitan area (Linn County).
As of December 2013, Corvallis' certified population estimate is 55,345 (source: Portland State University).
The 2000 census indicated Corvallis had 49,322 people, 19,630 households, and 9,972 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,625.6 people per square mile (1,400.2/km²). There were 20,909 housing units at an average density of 1,537.0/sq mi (593.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.03% White, 1.16% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 6.42% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 2.52% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. 5.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 19,630 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.2% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 28.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,236, and the median income for a family was $53,208. Males had a median income of $40,770 versus $29,390 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,317. About 9.7% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
Corvallis has a higher education rate per capita than any other city in the State of Oregon. In 2008, the city was ranked fifth on a list of "America's Smartest Cities" compiled by Forbes online magazine.