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US State
NicknameBeaver State
MottoAlis volat propriis (Latin=She flies with her own wings)
Official languagesDe jure: None
De facto: English
Largest cityPortland
Largest metro areaPortland metropolitan area
Area Ranked9th
Total98381 sq mi 255026 km2
Width400 mi 640 km
Length360 mi 580 km
% water2.4
Pop. Rank27th
Total3,831,074 (2010)
Density39.9 /sq mi 15.41 /km2
Highest pointMount Hood
11249 ft 3425 m
Mean3297 ft 1005 m
Lowest pointPacific Ocean
0 ft 0 m
Other information
Admission to UnionFebruary 14, 1859 (33rd)
GovernorJohn Kitzhaber (D)
Lieutenant GovernorKate Brown (D)
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Upper houseState Senate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsRon Wyden (D)
Jeff Merkley (D)
U.S. House delegation4 Democrats, 1 Republican
- most of state - Pacific: UTC-8/-7
- most of Malheur County - Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Time zonePacific: UTC-8/-7

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Oregon (c-enaudio=en-us-Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast, with Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada on the southeast and Idaho to the east. The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon's northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. The area was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before the arrival of traders, explorers, and settlers who formed an autonomous government in Oregon Country in 1843. The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859.

Salem is the state's capital and third-most-populous city; Portland is the most populous. Oregon's 2010 population is just over 3.8 million, a 12% increase over 2000. Portland is the 29th-largest U.S. city, with a population of 583,776 (2010 US Census) and a metro population of 2,241,841 (2009 estimate), the 23rd-largest U.S. metro area. The valley of the Willamette River in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated area and is home to eight of the ten most populous cities.

Oregon contains a diverse landscape including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, many waterfalls (including Multnomah Falls), dense evergreen forests, mixed forests and deciduous forests at lower elevations, and high desert across much of the eastern portion of the state, extending into the Great Basin. The tall Douglas firs and redwoods along the rainy Western Oregon coast contrast with the lower density and fire prone pine tree and juniper forests covering portions of the eastern half of the state. Alder trees are common in the west and fix nitrogen for the conifers and aspen groves are common in eastern Oregon. Stretching east from Central Oregon, the state also includes semi-arid shrublands, prairies, deserts, steppes, and meadows. Mount Hood is the highest point in the state at 11249 ft (3428.7 m). Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.

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Records fall at Oregon Relays - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal--EUGENE - When -Oregon- sophomore Anne Kesselring woke up Saturday morning and saw that the sun was shining, she viewed that as a sign. A few hours later Kesseling blazed to a second-place finish in the women's 800 meters at the -Or - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 23:54:22 GMT+00:00
Beaver Baseball: 11-game win streak snapped by Wazzu - 11 Tweet this news 11--The -Oregon- State baseball team's 11-game win streak came to an end Saturday afternoon in a pitcher's duel as the third-ranked Beavers dropped a 2-0 decision to Washington State in front of a season-best 3041 fans Saturday afternoo - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 02:04:19 GMT+00:00
Oregon Senate nears vote on insurance exchange - NECN Tweet this news
NECN---Oregon- State Public Interest Research Group, the AARP, unions and other groups are disappointed with a provision in the bill that would prohibit the exchange from negotiating for lower rates. They're also disappointed that it would allow heal - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:02:57 GMT+00:00
Josh Huff: 'Feel like I am full-go' - KVAL Tweet this news
KVAL--By KVAL Sports Two weeks after being carried off the practice field with a left knee injury, -Oregon- sophomore wide receiver Josh Huff is out of the red non-contact jersey and now just waiting for Coach Kelly to clear him to play in next Saturday&a - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 02:06:34 GMT+00:00
Five records fall at Oregon Relays - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal--Ashton Eaton of -Oregon- Track Club won the men's 110 hurdles Saturday at the -Oregon- Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene. / KOBBI R. BLAIR | Statesman Journal EUGENE When -Oregon- sophomore Anne Kesselring woke up Saturday and sa - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 10:23:18 GMT+00:00
Washington State shuts out third-ranked Oregon State - The Spokesman Review Tweet this news
The Spokesman Review--James Wise and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout and the Washington State Cougars (15-19, 3-12) defeated the third-ranked -Oregon- State Beavers 2-0 in Pacific-10 Conference action Saturday afternoon in Corvallis, Ore. Wis - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 07:05:03 GMT+00:00
Chico State women team with Humboldt to win California-Oregon Border Clash - Enterprise-Record Tweet this news
Enterprise-Record--The Chico State women's track and field team turned delivered on Saturday, as the Wildcats combined with Humboldt State to best the tandem of -Oregon- Tech and Southern -Oregon- 137-125 in the fourth annual California--Oregon- Bord - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 09:57:22 GMT+00:00
Ducks looking for more - The Register-Guard Tweet this news
The Register-Guard--As historic as a Civil War sweep is, the -Oregon- softball teams hopes it is simply a steppingstone. The Ducks beat -Oregon- State 8-1 on Saturday at Howe Field for their first four-game winning streak over OSU since 1995, and their fi - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 08:53:35 GMT+00:00
Oregon track & field rundown: UO thrower Laura Bobek comes back from wrist ... - Tweet this news"I missed all of last year," -Oregon's- redshirt freshman said Friday after winning the discus at the -Oregon- Relays with a throw of 167 feet 7 inches. "It still hurts now, but I can work through it.&qu - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:44:08 GMT+00:00
Ducks rediscover their sticky fingers - The Register-Guard Tweet this news
The Register-Guard--One practice after nearly hitting double-digit turnovers in a scrimmage, -Oregon's- offense cleaned up its act Friday. Running backs didn't commit a single fumble in the practice that wrapped up the fourth week of spring dril - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:12:28 GMT+00:00

National parks and historic areas in Oregon
20th and 21st centuries :
Entity Location
Crater Lake National Park Southern Oregon
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Eastern Oregon
Newberry National Volcanic Monument Central Oregon
Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Southern Oregon
Oregon Caves National Monument Southern Oregon
California Trail Southern Oregon, California
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Western Oregon, Washington
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail IL, MO, KS, IA, NE, SD,
Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks Western Oregon, Washington
Nez Perce National Historical Park MT, ID, OR, WA
Oregon Trail MO, KS, NE, WY, ID, OR

Most Populous Cities
Major cities :
City Population (2010 US Census)
1. Portland 583,776
2. Eugene 156,185
3. Salem 154,637
4. Gresham 105,594
5. Hillsboro 91,611
6. Beaverton 89,803
7. Bend 76,639
8. Medford 74,907
9. Springfield 59,403
10. Corvallis 54,462
11. Albany 50,158
12. Tigard 48,035

Presidential elections results
Politics :
Year Republican Democratic
2008 40.40% 738,475 56.75% 1,037,291
2004 47.19% 866,831 51.35% 943,163
2000 46.46% 713,577 47.01% 720,342
1996 39.06% 538,152 47.15% 649,641
1992 32.53% 475,757 42.48% 621,314
1988 46.61% 560,126 51.28% 616,206
1984 55.91% 685,700 43.74% 536,479
1980 48.33% 571,044 38.67% 456,890
1976 47.78% 492,120 47.62% 490,407
1972 52.45% 486,686 42.33% 392,760
1968 49.83% 408,433 43.78% 358,866
1964 35.96% 282,779 63.72% 501,017
1960 52.56% 408,060 47.32% 367,402
1956 55.25% 406,393 44.75% 329,204
1952 60.54% 420,815 38.93% 270,579

Largest Public Corporations Headquartered in Oregon
Politics :
Corporation Headquarters Market cap (million)
1. Nike, Inc. near Beaverton $32,039
2. Precision Castparts Corp. Portland $16,158
3. FLIR Systems Wilsonville $4,250
4. StanCorp Financial Group Portland $2,495
5. Schnitzer Steel Industries Portland $1,974
6. Portland General Electric Portland $1,737
7. Columbia Sportswear near Beaverton $1,593
8. Northwest Natural Gas Portland $1,287
9. Mentor Graphics Wilsonville $976
10. TriQuint Semiconductor Hillsboro $938

State of Oregon

State capital: Salem
TopicsHistory * Geography * Climate * People * Governors * Government * Constitution * Congress * Ballot measures * Elections * Politics * Parks * Fair * Symbols * Oregon Trail * Rivers * Misc.
RegionsThe Cascades * Central Oregon * Columbia Gorge * Columbia Plateau * Columbia River * Eastern Oregon * Harney Basin * High Desert * Inland Empire * Mount Hood Corridor * Oregon Coast * Palouse * Portland Metro * Rogue Valley * Southern Oregon * Treasure Valley * Tualatin Valley * Western Oregon * Willamette Valley
MetrosBend-Redmond * Coos Bay-North Bend * Eugene-Springfield * Medford-Ashland * Portland * Salem-Keizer
CitiesAlbany * Astoria * Baker City * Beaverton * Brookings * Coos Bay * Corvallis * Florence * Grants Pass * Gresham * Hillsboro * Hood River * Independence * Klamath Falls * La Grande * Lake Oswego * Lakeview * Madras * McMinnville * Milwaukie * Monmouth * Newberg * Newport * Ontario * Oregon City * Pendleton * Prineville * Roseburg * Sandy * The Dalles * Tigard * Tillamook * Tualatin * Umatilla * West Linn * Wilsonville * Woodburn
CountiesBaker * Benton * Clackamas * Clatsop * Columbia * Coos * Crook * Curry * Deschutes * Douglas * Gilliam * Grant * Harney * Hood River * Jackson * Jefferson * Josephine * Klamath * Lake * Lane * Lincoln * Linn * Malheur * Marion * Morrow * Multnomah * Polk * Sherman * Tillamook * Umatilla * Union * Wallowa * Wasco * Washington * Wheeler * Yamhill

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