Philomath is a city in Benton County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 15 awesome and fascinating facts about Philomath, Oregon, United States.
1. It was named for Philomath (Greek, “love of learning”) College.
2. The population was 4,584 at the 2010 census and was most recently estimated in 2019 to have a population of 5,666.
3. It is part of the Corvallis, Oregon, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
4. Philomath was named after the Philomath College that was founded in 1867 by the United Brethren Church.
5. The name of the college and city was derived from two Greek words meaning “lover of learning”.
6. The city was incorporated on October 20, 1882.
7. The college closed in 1929 due to a dramatic decline in enrollment.
8. Philomath is 5 miles (8 km) west of Corvallis on U.S. Route 20.
9. 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.
10. This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C).
11. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Philomath has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csb” on climate maps.
12. Philomath is home to several sawmills including Georgia-Pacific and Paw Lumber Co. Gene Tools, LLC manufactures Morpholino antisense oligonucleotides.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. The Philomath News is a digital newspaper owned by Brad Fuqua, former editor of the Philomath Express, which was shut down by Lee Enterprises in September 2020. The Philomath News launched on Nov. 30, 2020, and depends on voluntary memberships and digital advertising for revenue.