City of Salem, OR
Salem is located in Polk County in Oregon. The median income is $45,564 and the median home value is $195,500. The unemployment rate is 14.23% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 20.9 minutes to work each day. The population is 80% White, 1% Black, 3% Asian. 0% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. 14% identify as another race or ethnicity, or two or more races. For more on schools, business, and healthcare in Salem, see each of the tabs to the leftabove. Walkability can be a key driver of the overall livability of a community. Salem has a Walk Score® of 40.
Median Household Income$45,564
Median Home Price$195,500
Salem chefs are leading the way in defining the new Northwest cuisine. Characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients - fruits and vegetables from the region's vast agricultural areas, seafood harvested from the Pacific and Arctic, an abundance of wild mushrooms - paired with the area's distinctive Willamette Valley wines, Northwest cooking is emerging with its own distinctive flavors through the menus of Salem chefs like Jeff James. j. james
The U.S. Bank in downtown Salem keeps a nod to old ways of doing things with a store of old bank equipment. From a century-old safe - still in use - to decades-old adding machines and bank equipment, the museum-in-progress keeps artifacts from bygone eras of banking. Low on the technology scale, some of the old machines' complicated systems of levers would probably stump most MBAs. The bank is on the corner of Commerce and State streets.
Plenty of local talent helped inspire the Salem Film Festival, but geography played a role as well. "We're in a funny place," says Jeff Hart, co-coordinator of the festival. "We're between Portland and Eugene, and both of those cities have a pretty jumping cultural scene. But we have a lot of people here who don't want to drive there all the time, so we knew if we got a festival going, people would come out for it." That's happened in a big way.
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The quality of a school district if often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Salem’s schools rate.
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Being a great place to live and being a great place to work, often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Salem.
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Access to quality hospitals, doctors and healthcare providers are just part of what make a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Salem.