Today on the Land Use Trail: Corvallis

CorvallisThroughout the year, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, October 30: Corvallis, a sustainable city located in the Willamette Valley that’s been repeatedly recognized as one of the top 10 places to live in America.

About: Corvallis’ very name means “heart of the valley”, and the town has long lived up to it. With the world-class Oregon State University attracting investment and talented people, Corvallis’ investments in its downtown have paid off with tree-lined streets riddled with restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries, while walkable neighborhoods nearby provide a mix of housing types. The community makes it on a lot of “best places in America” lists, including ranking in the top ten by Parade magazine (1996), Men’s Journal (2003), Frommer’s (2004), economist Richard Florida (2006), Yahoo! Real Estate (2007), Forbes (2008), Country Home (2008), and the American Institute for Economic Research (2009).

Key Fact: Corvallis ranks #1 in the country in bicycle commuting with 10% of residents regularly commuting by bicycle.

Another Cool Fact: The City was ranked #1 on the Environmental Protection Agency's national list of Green Power Communities in 2009, the same year Corvallis High School won a national prize as America’s Most Eco-Friendly School.


  • Learn about Corvallis’ top attractions here.
  • Be sure to take advantage of Corvallis’ famous biking and hiking trails.
  • Stop into the city’s visitor center to learn more about what to do while on your trip!
  • The best time to see Corvallis’ full uniqueness on display is its annual Da Vinci Days, held each July, an arts and science festival featuring lots of fun events like the Grand Kinetic Challenge, music, and Leo’s Kinetic Parade (pictured at right).

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Text by Laura Waddick, Communications Intern. Photo of Corvallis by Andy Purviance via Flickr. Creative Commons.