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Corvallis Keywords: Livability, Innovation

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• 2009: EPA recognizes Corvallis as the U.S.’s No. 1 Green Power Community (largest purchaser of green energy in U.S.)

• The Kaplan College Guide listed OSU as one of the country’s top 25 “Green Colleges” for 2009.

• 2008 and 2009: Farmers Insurance Group of Companies ranks Corvallis #1 “Most Secure Place to Live”.

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 ranked OSU in the top five among higher education users of “green power” nationwide, and best in the Pac-10.

• 2008: Country Home magazine names Corvallis the Best Green Place to Live in America.

• 2008: Outside magazine ranks Corvallis one of the Top 20 Towns in America.

• 2008: AARP magazine rates Corvallis 3rd in the nation for longest life expectancy (80.93 years), and 3rd for greenest commuters.

• 2008: Forbes magazine ranks Corvallis 5th on its list of Top 10 Smartest Cities.

• Oregon State University scholars earned more than $231 million in external research funding in 2007-2008, a near 11 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

• 2007: Moody’s Economic.com names Corvallis #3 in U.S. Business Vitality Index.

• 2007: Yahoo! Real Estate names Corvallis one of their Ten Best Places to Live.

• OSU ranks among the nation’s best 30 universities for the combination of outstanding academics and premier Division I athletics programs. OSU ranked No. 29 in the “Elite 50” list released by STACK magazine in Dec. 2007, the only Oregon institution on the list.

• In a 2006-2007 evaluation by Educational Benchmarking Inc., the OSU Memorial Union ranked first in the nation for overall program effectiveness.

• Oregon State University ranked No. 9 worldwide in the frequency that its faculty members’ published research was cited by other researchers, according to a study of the 1996-2006 period.

• 2006: Cities Ranked and Rated puts Corvallis at #10 on the Best Places to Live in the United States.

• 2006: Economist Richard Florida ranks Corvallis in the top 10 for the Most Creative Places to live with less than 250,000 people.

• Corvallis is home to Hewlett-Packard’s 2.3-million-square-foot research campus.

• In 2005, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classifications of U.S. colleges and universities ranked OSU in its “very high research activity” tier, Oregon’s only university to earn that premier designation.

• 2005: Expansion magazine gives Corvallis a 5-Star rating for Quality of Life and Knowledge Workers.

• 2005: Bike at Work lists Corvallis 9th in the nation as a car-free community.

• 2004: Harvard Business Review ranks Corvallis as 15th most creative community in the U.S.

• 2003: Bike USA listed Corvallis 9th in the nation as a Bicycle Friendly City.

• 2002: USA Today listed Corvallis as 4th in the nation for the number of patents issued.

• 2002: Biz Demographics placed Corvallis 7th in the nation for great places to do business.

• Home of 1954 Nobel Prize winner, Linus J. Pauling, and the Linus Pauling Institute.

The people of Corvallis are truly dedicated to the concept of community livability. The town is beautifully situated in the Willamette Valley on the eastern edge of the Coast Range. Scenic vistas, a mild climate and close proximity to outdoor recreation make Corvallis an ideal home for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Open space, parks, extensive bicycle trails and routes give the town a very unique character and make it accessible to all forms of personal transportation.

Livability is in the eye of the beholder and requires more than just pretty views and bike paths. Fortunately, Corvallis offers many things to those whose idea of livability is more cosmopolitan. The college town atmosphere and an economy rooted in education, high-tech industries and healthcare contribute to a community spirit of entrepreneurialism, experimentation and respect for diversity.

The arts—from folk arts to cutting-edge fine arts—flourish under the patronage and involvement of the community. A growing cadre of entertainment entrepreneurs are helping to nurture and build a thriving music scene and independent film community. Local visual artists and artisans abound and find support and venues through The Arts Center, the Corvallis Art Guild, the Darkside Cinema and many other organizations. The Majestic Theater provides classes and a training program in the performing arts. Additionally, Oregon State University Theater Arts offers top-notch productions throughout the academic year, and members of the community are invited to audition for plays on campus.

While Corvallis has a budding cosmopolitan urbanity, it maintains the character of a small town. From quiet neighborhoods to friendly commercial districts, this is a community where it’s hard to stay a “stranger.” The town is anchored by five retail districts, and is centered on a beautiful downtown. The focal point for the community is emerging along the Willamette River at Riverfront Park. This wonderful feature adds to the charm of downtown, which itself is the pride and joy of Corvallis. Here, as well as in the other retail districts, you will find restaurants and entertainment venues opening on a regular basis, and locally owned, unique destination businesses thriving. Variety, opportunity, charm and friendliness—these are the characteristics that make Corvallis a livable community.

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