Oregon State University is located quite close to the main downtown area. Most of the people living in Corvallis are related to the Hewlett-Packard facility, OSU as students or faculty, or work in Albany.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.7 km² (13.8 mi²). 35.2 km² (13.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.23% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 49,322 people, 19,630 households, and 9,972 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,400.2/km² (3,625.6/mi²). There are 20,909 housing units at an average density of 593.6/km² (1,537.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.03% White, 1.16% African American, 0.76% Native American, 6.42% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 2.52% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. 5.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,630 households out of which 24.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 49.2% are non-families. 31.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.26 and the average family size is 2.88.
In the city the population is spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 28.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 27 years. For every 100 females there are 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $35,236, and the median income for a family is $53,208. Males have a median income of $40,770 versus $29,390 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,317. 20.6% of the population and 9.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.2% are under the age of 18 and 6.0% are 65 or older.