Oregon Facts & Figures

 

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Population:  3,871,859, estimated in 2011

State Capital:
Salem, located in the Willamette Valley, the largest city is Portland.

State Motto:  “She Flies With Her Own Wings”. Adopted in 1987.

State Abbreviation: OR and the name of the residents is Oregonians

State Flag: Adopted in 1925. The flag has 33 stars symbolizing the fact that Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state.

State Seal: The state seal is a shield surrounded by the legend, “State Of Oregon 1859”. The crest of the shield is the American eagle.

State Song: “Oregon, My Oregon”, written by J.A. Buchanan of Astoria and Henry B. Murtahg of Portland was designated the state song in 1927.

State Animal:  The American beaver, was named the Oregon state animal in 1969. Oregon is also known as “The Beaver State”.

State Bird: The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

State Fish: The Chinook salmon, (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) the largest of the Pacific salmons, was declared the state fish in 1961.

State Insect: The native Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) was designated the state insect in 1979.

State Flower:  In 1899, Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

State Gemstone: The Oregon sunstone is the official state gemstone. The large, brightly colored stone in the feldspar family is found in southeastern Oregon counties.

State Rock:The Thunderegg is the official state rock. These geodes contain minerals of many different colors and/or crystals.

State Nut: The Oregon hazelnut (Corylus avellana) was named the state nut in 1989. Oregon grows 99 percent of the commercial hazelnut crop produced in the US.

State Tree: Pseudotsuga menziesii, the Douglas Fir, was declared the state tree in 1939. This evergreen conifer is the source of most of Oregon’s softwood lumber production.

Altitudes:  Lowest – Pacific Ocean, sea level.

Highest – Mt. Hood, 11,240 feet.

Electoral Votes:  Oregon has 7 electoral votes for president.

Geyser and Gorge:  Oregon’s geyser is Old Perpetua. It is 60 feet high, and is located on the edge of Lakeview. Oregon’s deepest gorge is the Hell’s Canyon – 7,900 feet. It is located between Oregon and Idaho on the Snake River.

Deepest Lake Oregon’s deepest lake is Crater Lake. At 1,932 feet, it’s the deepest lake in the U.S.

Land Area: Oregon’s land area is 97,060 square miles, or 251,418 km. It is ranked 10th in size in the U.S.

Precipitation The average yearly precipitation at Salem is 39.16″.

Major Rivers: Oregon’s longest rivers  are:

  • Columbia – 1,243 miles
  • Snake – 1,038 miles
  • Willamette – 309 miles
  • John Day – 281 miles
  • Klamath – 250 miles

Temperatures:  Record Temperatures are:

  • Highest – 119 degrees F, August 10, 1898 in Pendleton (elevation 1,200′)
  • Lowest – minus 54 degrees F, Feb. 10, 1933 in Seneca (elevation 4,666′)

Highest Waterfall:  Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon, at 620 feet.

Oregon Fun Facts

* Oregon’s state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.

* Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

* The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.

* Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.

* Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

* At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.

* In 1880 a sea cave was discovered near what is now known as Florence. Sea Lion Caves is known to be the largest sea cave in the world.

* The nation’s most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse located in Lane County.

* The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States.

* Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world.

sources:

Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon,

US census bureau

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