Corvallis Community Profile

PO Box 1083, Corvallis, OR 97339
Phone 541-757-6901 • Fax 541-757-6780
Web Page

City Location

County(ies): Benton    Incorporated in 1857
Location: Mid-Willamette Valley
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-5 | 8 miles
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Eugene | 40 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 45 minutes
Distance to Portland: 85 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Within the county there are more than 50 parks and designated preserves; public private recreational facilities for tennis, racquetball, golf, swimming, fitness, softball, basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, karate, horseback riding, more than 60 miles of bike and running paths, backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, camping, ski touring and bike touring. Freshwater fishing of trout and steelhead is excellent in the surrounding rivers and streams. There are several galleries, including the Corvallis Arts Center, exhibiting works of a large number of local artists and craftsmen as well as regional artists. There are major festivals, summer open-air concerts, chamber music series and year-round performing arts at the Majestic Theater. Covered bridges, wildlife refuges, historic building and wineries are all found on scenic routes of Benton County.

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: 230'      Measurement Location: Corvallis

Monthly Ave. Low: 33°F           Monthly Ave. High: 81°F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 42.670"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 57%
Average January afternoon humidity: 84%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Corvallis44,757 49,322 53,165 53,900
Benton County 70,811 78,153 82,835 84,125
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Benton County 679 sq miles   124 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years2,337 2,131 2,581 2,396

5-19 years10,819 9,442 9,508 10,454

20-44 years15,446 21,698 22,991 23,204

45-64 years4,241 4,582 5,381 8,298

65+ years2,310 3,107 4,296 4,970

Median Age21 23 26 27

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Corvallis9,799 15,114 17,307 20,899 $154,700
Benton County 14,724 23,518 27,024 31,980 $169,800

City of Corvallis 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:6.02%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:8,809

Renter Occupied:10,821
Median Gross Rent:$534

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Benton County—Agriculture, lumber, research and development, education

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Benton County—Specialty products, grass and legume seeds, vegetable crops

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Benton County 146

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 91
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Benton CountyOregon


Labor Force40,71141,2091,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate3%3.7%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment37,19037,0401,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment34,54934,1161,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$35,525$36,765$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units2,0912,071108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$233,876$239,429$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$30,421$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$6,051$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$63,100$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment01,19089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of September, 1902

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Oregon State University—Education 8,756

Hewlett-Packard—Personal Computers 4,200

Good Samaritan Hospital—Health & Medical 1,400

Corvallis Clinic—Health Services 570

CH2M Hill—Engineering & Consulting 420

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here.—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Corvallis— 541-757-6901

Corvallis Community Development Department— 541-757-6908

Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Partnership— 541-757-1507

Downtown Corvallis Association— 541-754-6624

Cascades West Financial Services— 541-967-8551

Corvallis Area Chamber of Commerce 541-757-1505

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 541-242-2380

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Corvallis School District 509J
1555 SW 35th St
PO Box 3509J
Corvallis, OR 97339-1198
Phone: 541-757-5811
Fax: 541-757-5703
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—369
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—7,293

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit Locate local workforce assistance at

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 9   Savings and Loans: 7   Credit Unions: 5
Public lending programs available through Cascades West Financial and Benton County Loan Fund.
Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Benton County assessor’s office at 541–757–6855.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Benton County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$13.93
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$13.22
Average 1999 Housing Value$0
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$1,647.95
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$0
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $4.35

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $8.59

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $5.47

Business Taxes
Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988,

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–947–1488, web

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web

Oregon's Business Incentives.

Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals (contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division 503–945–5000, web

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503–872–5268, licenses/tags/permits 503–872–5275, web

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301, web

Emergency Communications (9–1–1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503–872–5000 or 1–800–452–6522 (in Oregon), web

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Transit Payroll Tax–paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue, web

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, “A Summary of Taxes,” January 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Corvallis Fire Department, 4 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 94
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): unreported
Comments: 2000 data
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Corvallis Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 57

Nearest Hospital and distance: Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis
Regional Hospital and distance: Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service, Life Flight Service
General Clinic(s): 5

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Corvallis Gazette-Times, The Daily Barometer

Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian

Radio Stations: 5 local stations. City receives 13 Portland-Metro area stations and 13 Eugene area stations

TV Stations: 2 local stations

Available Cable Television: TCI

Telephone Service Provider(s): US West, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Library System
3 public libraries

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1984
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Data unavailable at this time.     County Yes
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Adair R.F.P.D.; Alpine County Service District; Alsea County Service District; Alsea R.F.P.D.; Benton S.W.C.D.; Blodgett-Summit R.F.P.D.; Brownly-Marshall Road District; Chinook Drive Special Road District; Corvallis R.F.P.D.; Country Estates Road District; Hoskins-Kings Valley R.F.P.D.; Mary’s River Estates Road District; McDonald Forest Estates Special Road District; Monroe R.F.P.D.; North F. Street Road District; Oakville Community Center; Oakwood Heights Road District; Palestine R.F.P.D.; Philomath R.F.P.D. #4; Ridgewood District Improvement Corporation; Ridgewood Road District; Rosewood Estates Road District; Terra One County Service District; Vineyard Mountain Park and Recreation District; Vineyard Mountain Road District; Westwood Hills Road District

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: City of Corvallis
District: None
Source: Surface Water; Mary’s Peak Watershed and Willamette River
Supply: Capacity (MGD)–23.50; Pressure (PSI)–4.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 7.30-8.00 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand =$1.42-$1.72/1,000 gallons + $7.75/month
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System:

Water System Comment(s): System Development charges: 1st level $31.14; 2nd $49.72; 3rd $63.68 + WTPEC $42.72. Hook up fees based on meter size–3/4" $330.00. Major upgrade to main treatment plant completed in 1996.

Compliance Issues: Yes

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? Data unavailable at this time.

Date of Current Master Plan:

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding:
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Corvallis          Age of Wastewater Collection System: varies

System Design Capacity (MGD): 9.70 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 4.00-25.00 MGD
Collection System Fees: see comments    Hook-up or Connection Fee: Res. $105; Commrcl $189
Access Fee or System Development Fee: Based on fixture units–$27.93/unit

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: Collection fees: water service fees $14.22/mo + $1.22/5+ units consumption; residential $14.22/mo + $1.22/5-8 units consumption; $2.21/9+ units. Age of water system varies from early 1900s to present.

Compliance Issues:

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: Drainage utility rate–residential $3.92/mo/2,700 sq. ft. impervious surface; all other customers $3.92.
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband
Yes or No

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave  Fiberoptic  Satellite

Is there route diversity? Data unavailable at this time.
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Data unavailable
DSL Data unavailable
Cable Data unavailable

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: Northwest Natural Gas
Lines and Feed: A range of sizes exists. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Rate Structure: Residential rate is $.87016 per therm. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power & Light, Consumers’ Power
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure #4 Residential: $6.00/month + energy charge of $.05402/kwh

#25 Commercial: minimum charge $10.00/month + $.55/kw, $2.25/kwh over 15kw demand charge + $.0625 first 3,000 kwh energy charge

#48 Industrial: $240.00 + $.50/kwh 4,000 kw or less (over 4,000 kw $440.00 + $.45/kwh).
Billing demand charge of $2.77 for each kwh + energy charge of $.03275/kwh.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management: Corvallis Disposal

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways Hwy 99W N/S route, local access; Hwy 34 E/W route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Corvallis Municipal airport If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: Yes
Airport Freight Service: Yes
Air Service Comments: Navigation Aids: VOR; NDB; ILS; runway dimensions: 09/27: 3,545' x 75'; 17/35: 5,900' x 150'. Local charter service available.

Rail Service: Yes Union Pacific, Willamette Pacific
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Amtrak Train Station with passenger service localed in Albany,OR.

Marine No

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Greyhound
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 9
Local Charter Services: Yes 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service:

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes Federal Express, United Parcell
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
Transportation Comments:

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information); Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information; Public Transportation, bus and rail

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)