About Corvallis

Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Corvallis is a vibrant, family-oriented community of approximately 55,000 people. The home of Oregon State University, it maintains a small-town feel while offering the diversity, culture and intellectual opportunities of a much larger city without the crowds, congestion and crime.

In addition to being known for its great schools, Corvallis has earned dozens of national accolades including America’s Most Innovative City, Favorite Eco-Friendly Small Town and Safest Small City in America. It also has appeared on the Top 10 list of the nation’s best college towns, recreational cities, “smartest” cities and best places to live in America, among others.

Home to such businesses as Hewlett-Packard, CH2M Hill, Samaritan Health Services  and a number of small, but up and coming high-tech and renewable energy companies, Corvallis is a highly educated community with nearly a quarter of adults having a master’s degree or higher. The community-at-large places a top priority on educating its children and it’s common to find parent and community volunteers working daily in school classrooms.

The district also has forged many successful partnerships with local businesses, OSU, government agencies, non-profit organizations and service groups within the community to expand learning opportunities and to meet the needs of all students.

The city offers numerous art galleries, concerts, theatrical productions and a thriving Farmers' Market along its revitalized riverfront. 

Annual events such as the Red, White and Blues Festival, da Vinci Days and the Corvallis Fall Festival also satisfy a wide variety of entertainment interests.

More than 2,000 acres of parks, trails and open space offer a multitude of recreational activities including biking, hiking, disc golf, jogging, soccer, softball and more. Its location within an hour's drive of Pacific Ocean beaches and the Cascade Mountains is especially appealing to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking and other water sports.