Philomath, Oregon

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Philomath (pronounced /fɨˈloʊməθ/, 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 3,838 at the 2000 census. 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 drived from two greek words meaning "lover of learning". The city was incorporated in 1882, and the college, due to a dramatic decline in enrollment was closed in 1929.[3]


Philomath is 5 miles west of Corvallis on U.S. Route 20.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,838 people, 1,346 households, and 1,017 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,993.0 people per square mile (1,157.7/km²). There were 1,434 housing units at an average density of 1,118.3/sq mi (432.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.25% White, 0.16% African American, 1.64% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population.

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