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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 166,756. 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
166,756

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$223,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$922
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Salem Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    274.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    86.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    386.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,823.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    478.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    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
$53,619
National
$55,322
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Salem Reviews

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Nice city, not to crowded, with plenty of job opportunities. Public schools are really bad, while some teachers are helpful, many just don’t care. Short commute times, as long as you don’t have to go over the bridge! Very large homeless population, with many seeming to have mental illnesses, and most refuse shelter opportunities. Politically, Salem as a whole leans conservative, but has a very liberal city council (unfortunately), which balances everything out. If you are considering moving to Oregon, I would definitely recommend Keizer, Springfield, or Eugene over Salem. Keizer and Springfield focus high quality communities, while maintaining a low cost of living. While Eugene, opposite of Salem, has forward thinking infrastructure projects, or existing high quality infrastructure. The Salem City Council voted against a new bridge to West Salem, against a new Costco Warehouse, and is hinting it will oppose commercial flights in the city’s airport.
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I have lived n the Salem area my whole life, and it has always been a great experience. I went to Candalaria Elementary School, Leslie Middle School(6th), Howard Street Charter School(7th-8th), and South Salem High School. All in which I've had good educational experiences with! My only concern with Salem is the growth in the homeless population, which can sometimes make you feel unsafe when strolling through downtown.
Salem is a city with plenty of potential for growth in various aspects. For being the capital city of Oregon, this city is expanding in businesses and healthcare facilities to accommodate the surge of new residents. A new hospital building is near completion which opens up potential for new jobs, thus requiring educational experience. The local community college in Salem has acquired a anesthesia technology program to help students expand their career options, which will apply to the new hospital building upon completion. Various new businesses are on the rise in Salem, bringing in room for tourism and financial opportunities for investors. This small capital city has grown substantially within the last five years alone. The growth potential available for Salem is in its prime and will be fulfilled by the thrilling ideas of its residents in the upcoming years.