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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Salem is a city in Oregon with a population of 163,654. Salem is in Marion County. Living in Salem offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Salem there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Salem and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Salem are above average.
About Salem...
Population
163,654

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$201,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$861
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Salem Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    279.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    102.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    543
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,103.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    522
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Salem

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,666
National
$55,322
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Salem is the state capital and has much to offer. Different areas of the city are distinct, but overall, Salem is a safe and good place to live. People from all walks of life come together here. Surrounded by farmland and only a couple hours from both the mountains and the coast, there are many opportunities for those with interest in the outdoors. Only an hour from Portland, Salem benefits from some of the art and hippie cultures. Looking for hipster coffee shops, Salem has got them! I would love to see more murals and art around the city. People tend to be involved in the community and there are many organizations to help those in need. Salem is also a melting pot of beliefs, both political and religious.
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Smallish town with a lot of great restaurants and community activities.

Willamette University - where I want to go, is a beautiful campus located in the center of downtown.

We even have a stand-alone Virtual Reality arcade!

It is located within close driving range of the beach, Mount Hood and Bend.

For those who are wine drinkers we are in the middle of wine country.

For those into craft beer, that is also huge in Oregon.

Next to no drive-time traffic.
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