Oregon Education and State Information

Jul 16, 2020

Information about Oregon

Oregon is the 9th largest state in the United States, covering 98,380 square miles of mountains and forests. At its lowest point, Oregon falls to sea level; its highest point is Mt. Hood at just over 11,200 feet. Oregon also has the nation's deepest lake, Crater Lake, with a recorded depth of 1,949 feet. Oregon's capitol is Salem, although Portland is its center of economic activity.

The Cascade Mountain range extends from north to south, essentially dividing Oregon into a lush, maritime climate in the west and a high desert climate in the east. There is much to do and see in Oregon. White water rafting is popular, as are a wide variety of other outdoor activities. A 'must see' location is Crater Lake National Park, where hikers can hike to their heart's content and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For entertainment, Oregonians and visitors can take in the annual Portland Rose Festival, the world renowned Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Peter Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville, which operates through the summer months.

Oregon Educational Opportunities

Oregon has a trio of large public universities: Portland State, Oregon State in Corvallis and the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked two Oregon schools - Willamette University in Salem and Reed College in Portland - among the top 75 liberal arts colleges in the country.

U.S. News also recognized several Oregon schools among the 75 best regional colleges or universities in the West in 2020. These schools included Corban University in Salem, Northwest Christian University in Eugene, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Pacific University in Forest Grove, and the University of Portland and Warner Pacific College in Portland.

About 27,046 students attend Portland Community College, making it the largest postsecondary school in Oregon. Private 2-year nonprofit schools in the state include Pacific Bible College and the Portland Actors Conservatory in Portland and the Northwest College, with campuses in Eugene and Tualatin.

Oregon Economy

Agriculture and lumber industries have long been significant contributors to Oregon's economy. The lumber industry provides nearly one-fifth of the nation's softwood lumber. Agriculture is important, with Oregon continuing to be a leading source of crops including hazelnuts and Christmas trees.

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