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About Corvallis

Corvallis is a beautiful college town nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley. An hour's drive from the Pacific Coast and two hours from the Cascades and high desert, Corvallis is an ideal site to live and work. Corvallis embodies the spirit of the Northwest, with beautiful natural surroundings, friendly citizens, and an outstanding quality of life. It is one of the safest places to live - clean, friendly, and family-oriented.

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Farmers Insurance Group has repeatedly ranked Corvallis very high for being most secure, taking into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, life expectancy and job loss numbers.



Forbes called Corvallis the 5th smartest city and it's no wonder with Oregon State University having been here for nearly 150 years. We are also proud to have Hewlett-Packard and Samaritan Health Systems call Corvallis home.



Our community values sustainable and environmentally responsible choices, whether it be how we power our university, what we put in our bodies, or how we choose to commute. We are committed to keeping Oregon green and being a leader for other communities to learn from.

What's New In Town?

Need last-minute eclipse lodgings? Try the Philomath Frolic grounds.
August 14, 2017, 3:36 PM
One of the few places left in Benton County to get a campsite is the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo grounds.


Get your tickets for the 2017-2018 season of SAC Presents
August 14, 2017, 1:19 PM
From country music to jazz, chamber music to rock and roll and featuring musicians, ensembles, artists and guest lecturers, SAC Presents brings well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser-known artists, speakers and ensembles to engage our community.


Corvallis Events Listing for Aug. 14-20, 2017
August 14, 2017, 9:29 AM
We're seven days out from the 2017 total solar eclipse and we've got a ton of great events planned, starting this weekend - but eclipse events aren't all we have happening this week. Take a look!

Corvallis and Benton County finalize plans for solar eclipse
August 8, 2017, 1:26 PM
With two weeks to go until the total solar eclipse on August 21, Corvallis and Benton County are finalizing plans to welcome visitors from around the world to the Willamette Valley.

Eclipse Festival Concert: Lady Dottie & the Diamonds
August 8, 2017, 1:12 PM
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds to perform Aug. 20 during eclipse festival Award-winning classic rock and soul blues band Lady Dottie and the Diamonds will perform an outdoor concert Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Memorial Union Quad at Oregon State…

Downtown Corvallis


Nearby Destinations


Just an hour and a half drive north, enjoy the unique city, culture, and entertainment the Rose City has to offer.

Central Oregon

Head east over the Cascade mountain range to enjoy incredible hiking, fantastic skiing, and warm sunshine all year. Be sure to visit our campus in Bend (OSU-Cascades).

Oregon Coast

Drive west 45 minutes and enjoy the world famous coastline.  Surfing, whale watching, or just walk on the beach; you won't leave disappointed!

Downtown Corvallis

Where to eat





Local Restaurants

Arts & Culture


Darkside Cinema

Whiteside Theatre

Farmers Market

Riverfront Park

Around Town

Where to explore


Just to the west of Corvallis is majestic Marys Peak. It is the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range and less than an hour from the OSU campus to the summit!

Marys Peak

Where to stretch your legs


Corvallis Half Marathon

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