A pioneering spirit helped to build Albany and Millersburg in the mid-1800’s, and it continues to define this energetic, growing community today. Conveniently located in the center of the fertile Willamette Valley, it is a place where businesses and families have thrived and prospered for well over two centuries.
Albany has been designated an “All American City” due to the community spirit and commitment shown by its people. The citizenry is characterized by a strong work ethic and community pride.
As a well established and evolving community, Albany-Millersburg beautifully blends past and present in its architectural styles. The community takes great pride in preserving its natural beauty in city and county parklands and rural neighborhoods. Proximity to the Pacific Coast, the Cascade and Coast Range mountains, and the metropolitan area of Portland make it possible for residents to enjoy a variety of pastimes. Skiing, beachcombing;, bike riding, hiking, fishing and many other recreational opportunities are readily available. Activities such as collegiate and professional sporting events, theatrical and musical presentations, lectures, and art galleries can be found in town or close by all year round. Several top quality libraries are available in the area.
The climate is mild year-round, with a low relative humidity. Average maximum temperature is 45º F January and 80ºF in July, with discernible annual seasons of fall, winter, spring and summer. While the Willamette Valley has a reputation for heavy rainfall, it actually rains less in Albany-Millersburg than in many US locations, including Chicago, New York and Atlanta. Average annual rainfall is 42 inches, 72 percent of which occurs from November through March. The elevation in the valley is 210 feet, although some residential areas have an elevation ranging up to 800 feet.
The population within Albany-Millersburg at the time of the 2000 census was close to 42,000 and the greater Linn County area housed almost 105,000. Albany consists of 16 square miles with an urban growth boundary of 21.2 square miles, and Linn County covers an area of 2,297 square miles.
Public Safety: The City of Albany maintains full police and professional fire staffs (Class 3/9 rating), with the City of Millersburg being protected by the Linn County Sheriff Department and split between the Albany and Jefferson Rural Fire Protection Districts (Class 5/8 rating).
Health Services: Samaritan Albany General Hospital is the acute care and health center for the area with over 100 medical staff specializing in all major medical areas. The hospital is helicopter oriented.
Finance: There are eight different banks located in Albany, with six additional branch offices; one savings and loan association; five credit unions.
Media: The Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper is published daily. Albany has six local radio stations, and extensive fiber optics for communication and television services.