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Corvallis, Oregon is a college town of approximately 54,000 residents situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the primary agricultural region of the state. The town's name translates from French to "heart of the valley." The Willamette River runs through the edge of town on its course from the Cascade Mountains north to the Columbia River in Portland.
Viewed by some as being a quiet college town, Corvallis is also noted for its tree-lined streets, vintage downtown storefronts, parks and civic recreational facilities, a range of annual arts and cultural festivals, Pac-10 intercollegiate athletic events, and numerous coffee shops and diverse eating establishments.
Major employers in town besides the University include the Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Corporations, Good Samaritan Hospital and the CH2M Hill consulting engineering firm.
Living in Corvallis provides easy access to a wide range of natural resources and cosmopolitan offerings. The town lies about 90 miles south of Portland, an hour north of Eugene, and mid-way between the majestic Cascade Mountain Range to the east and the spectacular Oregon coast to the west, both accessible within about an hour's drive. Well-known natural wonders such as Crater Lake, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge are all accessible within a 2 to 4-hour drive.
Corvallis lies within the Pacific Northwest climate zone with rainfall common from late fall through spring, but with typically dry, sunny days and long hours of daylight in the late summer months.
The following websites offer more information about Corvallis:
Visit Corvallis – the official tourism website for Corvallis, OR