Corvallis is a Great Place to Live and Work
- 2011: #1 Patents per Capita per the online Journal of the Public Library of Science, PloS One
- 2011: Best City for Independent Business
- 2012: Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, ranked sixth in the Top 10 College Towns for Livability for its "artistic vibe and a natural feel".
- 2011: #17 Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers
- 2011: Named the Most Innovative City in America due to the fact that Corvallis leads the nation in the number of patented inventions.
- 2007: Moody's Economic.com ranked Corvallis 3rd in the United States Business Vitality Index.
- 2008: Top 100 Best Places to Live & Launch a Small Business, Fortune Small Business Magazine
- 2011: In April 2011, the New York Times named Corvallis as the American city with the lowest risk of natural disaster.
- 2011: 25% Population has Graduate Degrees
- 2012: Top Places to Work and Retire
- 2012: Top 5 Favorite Eco-friendly Small Towns
- 2009: Corvallis High School was named "America's Most Eco-Friendly School" in national school sustainability contest.
- 2009: The United States Environmental Protection Agency ranked Corvallis as the #1 Green Power Community in the nation, defined by the amount of green energy purchased per capita.
- 2008: Forbes ranked Corvallis fifth in The Smartest Cities in America.
- 2013: #5 Best College town
- 2008: Benton County, with Corvallis comprising the majority of the county’s population, was ranked fifth for “Best places for a long life” among U.S.counties by Money Magazine.
- 2008: Corvallis ranked among the 20 Best Towns 2008 by Outside magazine.
- 2008: Country Home magazine ranked Corvallis the Best Green Place to Live in America.
- 2008: Farmers Insurance ranked Corvallis as the "most secure" small town, to live in America, as reported by Insurance Journal magazine.
- 2007: Yahoo! Real Estate named Corvallis as one of their 10 best places to live.
- 2011: #1 City for Bike Commuting
- 2012: #3 Best Cities for Millennial's to Live in
Corvallis has received numerous other good governance awards