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Philomath, Oregon
Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath
Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath
City of Volunteers
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Benton
Incorporated 1882
 • Body Philomath City Council
 • Total 2.21 sq mi (5.73 km2)
 • Land 2.02 sq mi (5.24 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
279 ft (85.0 m)
 • Total 4,584
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,802.18/sq mi (1,081.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-57450
GNIS feature ID 1147639

Philomath ( fi-LOH-məth) is a city in Benton County, Oregon, United States. It was named for Philomath (Greek, "love of learning") College. The population was 4,584 at the 2010 census and was most recently estimated in 2019 to have a population of 5,666. It is part of the Corvallis, Oregon, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Philomath was named after the Philomath College that was founded in 1867 by the United Brethren Church. The name of the college and city was derived from two Greek words meaning "lover of learning". The city was incorporated on October 20, 1882. The college closed in 1929 due to a dramatic decline in enrollment.


Philomath is 5 miles (8 km) west of Corvallis on U.S. Route 20.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.05 square miles (5.31 km2), of which, 1.86 square miles (4.82 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Philomath has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 224
1900 343
1910 505 47.2%
1920 591 17.0%
1930 694 17.4%
1940 856 23.3%
1950 1,289 50.6%
1960 1,359 5.4%
1970 1,688 24.2%
1980 2,673 58.4%
1990 2,983 11.6%
2000 4,056 36.0%
2010 4,584 13.0%
2019 (est.) 5,666 23.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,584 people, 1,733 households, and 1,203 families living in the city. The population density was 2,464.5 inhabitants per square mile (951.5/km2). There were 1,837 housing units at an average density of 987.6 per square mile (381.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 0.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 1,733 households, of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.


The film Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon documents the clash of cultures in Philomath between the old-time timber industry and the professionals and techies of the information age. The film was shown in the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

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Philomath is home to several sawmills including Georgia-Pacific and Paw Lumber Co. Gene Tools, LLC manufactures Morpholino antisense oligonucleotides. Wet Labs produces oceanographic measuring equipment. Pioneer Connect provides telephone, internet and video services, including fiber and broadband internet. Alyrica Networks provides WiFi access in the town, as well as fixed wireless high-speed Internet service. Solar Summit manufactures solar panels and alternative energy products. Gathering Together Farm is one of the first certified organic vegetable farms in the United States, and is an international agrotourism destination.

In 2020, Philomath residents were among the first in the world to receive their food deliveries from a robot; Daxbot, which is built by a Philomath-based business.  Daxbot is a 36in, semi-autonomous delivery robot who can keep food hot or cold, and makes free deliveries for businesses and individuals in Philomath.  The Philomath City Council gave Nova Dynamics permission to allow Dax to make deliveries and travel in town. Dax is considered a pedestrian, not a vehicle, and shares roads and sidewalks with other pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. 

Woman Takes Groceries from Dax Delivery Robot
Daxbot delivering in Philomath OR


Philomath is served by the Philomath School District, which includes the following schools:

  • Philomath Elementary School
  • Clemens Primary School
  • Philomath Middle School
  • Philomath High School
  • Kings Valley Charter School (Pre-K through 12th grade)
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