Linn County, Oregon

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Linn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is named in honor of Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri who advocated the American occupation of the Oregon Country. In 2000, its population was 103,069; by 2008, it was estimated to be 115,348 by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Albany has been the county seat since 1851.



Principal industries are wood products, agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. Linn County's economy relies heavily on the lumber and wood products industry; in 1990, this industry accounted for 40% of the county's manufacturing jobs. The climate and soil conditions provide one of Oregon's most diversified agriculture areas, allowing a wide variety of specialty crops such as common and perennial ryegrass. Linn County is also home to the only emery mine in the United States, and the production of manufactured and motor homes.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,310 square miles (5,983 km²), of which 2,292 square miles (5,937 km²) is land and 18 square miles (47 km²) (0.78%) is water.

Oregon's center of population for the 2000 census is located in the county, southwest of Lyons at 44°43′56″N 122°34′46″W / 44.732273°N 122.579524°W / 44.732273; -122.579524.[2]

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