Nestled in the mid-Willamette Valley between the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, Corvallis, Albany and Philomath are among the most picturesque and desirable places to live in Oregon. Only 52 miles from the Oregon coast and 70 miles from the ski resorts of the Cascade Mountains, this area of some 250,000 people offers a vast array of outdoor enjoyment and recreation.
Corvallis can best be described as a highly educated, professional community that has been named one of the top ten places to live by several lifestyle surveys. It is a comfortable community of 52,000 people with excellent schools and a high-tech economic base. It is home to Oregon State University with approximately 19,000 students. The Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper serves the local area. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center provides hospital services.
The local economy is supported by education, agriculture, research and development facilities, and the high-tech industry, specifically Hewlett Packard, the largest private employer.
Albany lies across the Willamette River, only 10 miles east of Corvallis. An industrial town of 48,000, it is situated on Interstate 5 that runs north to Portland and Seattle, or south to California. With its diverse economy, Albany features several metallurgical, food processing and paper processing companies, large retail centers and agricultural land.
Philomath, a small community of approximately 8,000 people, lies just minutes west of Corvallis traveling toward the Oregon coast. It offers all the benefits of small-town living with a larger community nearby.