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Corvallis, OR

Population: 58,977
Courtesy of Oregon State University Marketing

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With an artistic vibe and a natural feel, Corvallis, OR, is a funky college city. It's a town that college kids and residents love to explore and can feel safe checking out every nook and cranny. Corvallis has received accolades for being among the safest and most environmentally friendly cities in the nation. The city, located just 50 miles from the coast, offers many spots to eat local food, enjoy live music, and engage in outdoor interests like fishing, hiking and camping.

Nearly half of the city's population consists of students who attend Oregon State University, a school known for innovation and research. The university's 400-acre campus includes a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school offers several conferences and workshops for both students and non-students throughout the year and many free concerts, live performances, and art exhibits. Lots of Beaver football fans come to town on Saturdays during the fall, creating a party atmosphere.

The city hosts several seasonal events including musical performances, which are free and open to everyone. One of the most beloved events is the annual da Vinci Days, which is held in July and honors the arts and sciences. Activities during this three-day festival include a parade, races, musical performances, film festival and lots of food.


City Population (2010 Census): 54,462

Student Population: 28,000

College(s): Oregon State University, Linn-Benton Community College

Don't Miss: Francescos Gelato for sweets, Squirrel's Tavern for drinks, Corvallis Farmers Market for fresh produce

Check out our previous College Towns Lists:

Top College Towns in 2011

Best College Towns in 2010