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Our city of 51,270 sits in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette River valley, on the banks of the Willamette and its tributary, the Calapooia River. From its river town beginnings, Albany has grown south and east with the railroads, state highways and Interstate 5, and across the Willamette into the farms and wooded hillsides of North Albany.

Albany Clock Tower. Copyrighted photo by Christopher L. Wood. Used with permission. The city of Albany lies within both Benton and Linn counties. Albany is the largest city in Linn County and serves as the county seat. Albany is also the second largest city in Benton County.

Albany bridges, Copyrighted photo by Christopher L. Wood. Used with permission. Albany is credited by historians and architects with having the most varied collection of historic buildings in Oregon. This collection includes styles from the 1840s through the late 1920s and is concentrated in an area of about 100 square blocks. Four historic districts are listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

Albany is known as the rare metals capital of the world. Several local industries produce zirconium, hafnium, and titanium. Wood products, food processing, and manufactured homes production are major employers also.

Municipal government operates under a home rule charter in a Council-Manager form. Six City Councilors are elected to represent three geographic wards, and have overlapping 4-year terms. The Mayor is elected at large every two years. A full-time City Manager administers the affairs of the City for the Council.


  • Population: 51,270 (2014 PSU estimate) 11th largest city in Oregon.
  • Founded: 1848, incorporated in 1864, and adopted home rule charter in 1891.
  • Counties: Linn County seat; 2nd largest city in Benton County
  • ZIP Codes: 97321 and 97322
  • Location: 44° 38' N latitude, 123° 7' W longitude
    • 45 miles north of Eugene
    • 24 miles south of Salem
    • 69 miles south of Portland
  • Area: 17.7 square miles (city limits), 21.7 square miles (Urban Growth Boundary)
  • Elevation: 180-520 feet above sea level
  • Form of government: Council-Manager
  • Current permanent tax rate: $6.3984 per thousand dollars of assessed value
  • City budget (FY 2014-2015): $160.2 million ($32.6 million General Fund)
  • City employees: Approximately 392

Some photos on this page copyrighted by Christopher L. Wood. Used with permission.