dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Salem, Oregon

Salem is the capital city of the state of Oregon and also the county seat of Marion County. It is situated about 46 miles southwest of Portland in Oregon's Willamette River valley, one of the nation's most fertile agricultural regions. The city lies at the junction of Oregon State Highways 22, 213, and 221. Interstate I-5 provides northerly transportation to Portland and southerly to the city of Eugene.

One of Oregon's oldest communities, Salem was originally called Chemeketa, an Indian term meaning "meeting or resting place". It replaced Oregon City as the territorial capital in 1851, but in 1855 it was itself temporarily replaced as capital by the city of Corvallis (40 miles to the south). This arrangement lasted less than a year, after which time Salem was restored to its former status as territorial capital. Salem became incorporated as a city in 1857 and when Oregon achieved statehood two years later, Salem became its permanent state capital. Fire destroyed both of the city's first two Capitol buildings, one of which was copper-domed and modeled in part after the U.S. Capitol building. Salem's third (and present) Oregon State Capitol building was completed in 1938 at the site of the first two. The structure is distinguished by its gold-plated pioneer statue, known as the Oregon Pioneer, mounted atop the capitol dome.

Salem Events and Attractions

One of Oregon's premier cultural events is the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival. A July tradition for over half a century, the celebration set among historic oak trees in Bush's Pasture Park is the largest juried art festival of its kind in the state and one of the most spirited community-driven events in the Northwest. Another premiere city event is the annual World Beat Festival. Held in June, the two-day celebration at Riverfront Park features music, food, international crafts, and includes a Dragon Boat race. The city's largest event is late summer's Oregon State Fair. Celebrated at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in North Salem, the event offers exhibits and competitions typical of a traditional state fair and also features big-ticket concerts.

Salem also offers a wide variety of recreational and cultural places to visit. Silver Falls State Park, located 24 miles east of town, is Oregon's largest state park with a multiple-use trail system ranging more than 22 miles. Downtown Salem boasts the Oregon State Capitol, in addition to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Mission Mill Museum, and the historic Elsinore Theatre. The Salem Repertory Theatre offers presentations at the Reed Opera House, an historic downtown structure. Museums in Salem include the Bush House Museum, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, the Marion County Historical Society Museum & Education Center, and the Mission Mill Museum.

Professional sports can be found in the adjoining city of Keizer, home of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a minor league Class Single-A baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. Nearby Corvallis is home to college baseball's Oregon State Beavers, winners of the 2006 College World Series and NCAA national champions. Less than an hour away is the city of Portland, home of the National Basketball Association's Portland Trail Blazers. Also in Portland are the Portland Beavers, a minor league baseball franchise affiliated with Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. The Beavers compete in the Class Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Hockey fans in Portland can root for the Portland Winter Hawks, a member of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

People

Total Population 157,967
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 65,836
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,583
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,671
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,394

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,665
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $788
Median House Value $181,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.8%
Irish 11.6%

Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 43 miles SW of Portland, Oregon
County Marion
Standard Zip Codes 97301, 97302, 97303, 97304, 97305, 97306
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97307, 97308, 97309
Company Zip Codes 97310, 97311, 97312, 97313, 97314
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.943
Longitude -123.033

Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALEM MCNARY AP
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station DALLAS 2 NE
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 50 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station STAYTON
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aumsville 3,740 $51,827
Independence 8,654 $44,974
Keizer 36,875 $56,793
Monmouth 9,769 $61,250
Silverton 9,342 $62,440
Turner 2,272 $55,104

Salem Public Libraries

Library
Salem Public Library
585 LIBERTY ST. SE
Salem, Oregon
(503) 588-6071
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Salem Hospitals

SALEM HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
665 WINTER STREET SE
(503) 561-5735
Emergency Service: Yes

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
  • A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
Programs
  • Bookkeeping
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • HVACR Technician
  • Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Programs
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • MA Christian Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Salem High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MCKAY HIGH SCHOOL
2440 LANCASTER DR NE
503-399-3080
Serves 1,853 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

NORTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
765 14TH ST NE
503-399-3241
Serves 1,837 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

SPRAGUE HIGH SCHOOL
2373 KUEBLER BLVD S
503-399-3261
Serves 1,832 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

SOUTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
1910 CHURCH ST SE
503-399-3252
Serves 1,756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

WEST SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
2650 ORCHARD HEIGHTS RD NW
503-399-5533
Serves 1,355 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

ROBERT S FARRELL HIGH SCHOOL
2450 STRONG RD SE
503-986-0440
A Non-traditional School
Serves 183 students.

21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY SCHOOLHOUSE
210 LIBERTY ST SE
503-763-8958
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 154 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

BARBARA ROBERTS HIGH SCHOOL AND SECONDARY PROGRAMS
999-A LOCUST ST NE
503-399-3105
A Non-traditional School
Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
999-A LOCUST ST NE
503-378-3825
A Special Education School
Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

Additional Details
Salem Careers
Salem career and employment information.
Salem Colleges
Salem colleges and trade schools.
Salem Graduate Schools
Salem Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Salem
Matching School Ads

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Salem Government Officials


Are you an official in the Salem government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104