Oregon

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital: Salem

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Ore./OR

  • Governor: Kate Brown, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Senators: Jeff Merkley, D (to Jan. 2021); Ron Wyden, D (to Jan. 2017)

  • U.S. Representatives: 5

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Organized as territory: Aug. 14, 1848

  • Entered Union (rank): Feb. 14, 1859 (33)

  • Present constitution adopted: 1859

  • Motto: Alis volat Propriis (She flies with her own wings) (1987)

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  • Nickname: Beaver State

  • Origin of name: Unknown. However, it is generally accepted that the name, first used by Jonathan Carver in 1778, was taken from the writings of Maj. Robert Rogers, an English army officer.

  • 10 largest cities (2010 est.): Portland, 583,776; Eugene, 156,185; Salem 154,637; Gresham, 105,594; Hillsboro, 91,611; Beaverton, 89,803; Bend, 76,639; Medford, 74,907; Springfield, 59,403; Corvallis, 54,462

  • Land area: 95,997 sq mi. (248,632 sq km)

  • Geographic center: In Crook Co., 25 mi. SSE of Prineville

  • Number of counties: 36

  • Largest county by population and area: Multnomah, 735,334 (2010); Harney, 10,135 sq mi.

  • State forests: 780,000 ac.

  • State parks: 231 (95,462 ac.)

  • Residents: Oregonian

  • 2010 resident population est.: 3,831,074

  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 3,831,074 (27). Male: 1,896,002 (49.5%); Female: 1,935,072 (50.5%). White: 3,204,614 (83.6%); Black: 69,206 (1.8%); American Indian: 53,203 (1.4%); Asian: 141,263 (3.7%); Other race: 204,625 (5.3%); Two or more races: 144,759 (3.8%); Hispanic/Latino: 450,062 (11.7%). 2010 percent population 18 and over: 77.4; 65 and over: 13.9; median age: 38.4.

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