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 each day. The population is 81.7% White, 1.4% Black, 1.5% American Indian, 2.8% Asian, and 12.7% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Salem, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Salem has a Walk Score® of 40.
Median Household Income$45,564
Median Home Price$195,500
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.
The former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in Salem produced wool from 1889-1962. It is no longer in the wool production business, but has been designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service. Today, the site is home to the Mission Mill Museum, which offers a changing gallery of four history-related exhibits each year. The museum is also a popular community gathering spot, with about 275 annual events scheduled on its grounds.
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
Out of lentils or lungwort? Visit the Wednesday Farmers' Market on Chemeketa Street from May through October. Salem also is home to a Saturday Market that also occurs from May through October at the corner of Summer and Marion streets. For holiday shoppers there is a Holiday Gift Market that takes place on the second weekend of December at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. By the way"š everything sold at all three markets is grown or made by Salem citizens.
This is Pinot Noir country, and Salem is at the heart of it. More than 200 wineries dot the green, rolling hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, the long, broad valley that follows the Willamette River from Portland to Eugene, shielded from Pacific storms by the Coast Range to the west and bound by the Cascades to the east. The region's soil, rich with volcanic ash and ocean-bed nutrients, combined with a climate of cool, wet winters and warm, sunny summers make it a premier site for growing the grapes that go into the Willamette Valley's world-renowned wines.
Golf is a driving force in Salem, with more than a dozen courses located in the immediate area. Among the notable venues is Salem Golf Course, which was founded in 1925. The first nine holes of the course were opened in 1927, and the second nine opened a year later. The facility's natural beauty creates a relaxing atmosphere, with a variety of wildlife and hundreds of trees lining the fairways. The public as well as 250 club members continue to enjoy the semi-private facility today.
Salem is a city of contrasts. Within half a day's drive, the adventurous or even slightly adventurous can experience a variety of landscapes. Have Fun Outside
Salem isn't just a spectacular city of parks, arts and architecture, but also a city of sports. There are three active minor league teams here, including one of the newest members of the run-and-gun International Basketball League, which has fewer rules, fewer time-outs, and a much faster pace. The Salem Stampede actually scored 180 points against a rival in the 2007 season. It is not a dull sport.
Salem's shopping scene holds a few surprises. While it offers a mall that will satisfy all your basic shopping needs, its downtown area will impress with its modern Salem Center and collection of boutiques. Salem Center