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The trendy, bustling capital of Oregon.

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Welcome to Salem, OR

 
Salem is the capital city of Oregon. Set amid a park with gardens, the domed Oregon State Capitol contains a collection of art by Oregon artists. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art includes works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists. The Willamette Heritage Center includes a Victorian wool mill, plus 19th-century homes with period furnishings. The Bush House Museum is an Italianate mansion built in 1878.
 
Salem is the picturesque capital city of Oregon, less than an hour southwest of Portland. Known for its lush green space and thriving arts community, Salem offers residents a great mix of outdoor recreation and cultural engagement. Home to more than 175,000 people, Salem is a lively town filled with beautiful 19th-century homes, museums, and legislative buildings. 

Residents love the blend of Ranch homes, Mid-Century split-levels, Tudor cottages, and Victorian mansions found in the area. The best things to do in Salem revolve around enjoying the city’s natural beauty, whether you take a shopping trip to Salem’s historic downtown center or visit the Deepwood Museum and Gardens

Liberty Street runs right through Salem’s downtown core, which is steps from the Riverfront City Park and has nearly 70 retailers, restaurants, and historical spots to explore. A hip, energetic area, Salem has all the perks of a large city, with ample outdoor space to help its residents unwind. 

Golfers can hit the greens at the Creekside Golf Club, while hikers can spend an afternoon on the Skyline Trail, Croisan Creek Trail, and Fairview Wetlands Scenic Trail. When they’re not outside, the community enjoys coming together at any of Salem’s many annual events and festivals, including the Salem Art Fair and Festival or Fish Fest.
 

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

 
Salem is an energetic community with a suburban feel. Most locals own their homes and love participating in the city’s wide range of events and activities. For adventurers, Salem has trails, lakes, river beaches, and stables. Artists can find their place at yearly art festivals, museums, and galleries, and culinary connoisseurs can indulge in upscale eateries as well as down-to-earth farmers' markets. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
The food scene in Salem is strong, with freshly grown, local ingredients and crafts available at the weekly Salem Saturday Market. For upscale dining in the area, Rudy’s Steakhouse is one of the best in the city, a traditional American eatery with a beautiful outdoor patio. Old-fashioned elegance pairs with hand-crafted plates to create an ambiance at Rudy’s that’s second to none. 

For the perfect date night, DaVinci Ristorante is a romantic Italian restaurant on High Street revered for its gourmet entrees and exquisite desserts. Locals love the rotating menu that features mains like the roasted split duck and the seafood pappardelle. On Liberty Street, Amadeus serves classic Pacific Northwest bites alongside unique cocktails. 

Entertainment abounds in Salem, starting at the Elsinore Theatre on High Street. Housed in a historic 1920s Gothic cinema, the Elsinore is now a venue for concerts and live theater. Also on High Street is Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. Another age-old treasure, the Grand was built in 1900 and features a theater, ballroom, retail spaces, and more. For live music, the LB Day Amphitheatre is hard to beat, especially during Salem’s summer concert series. Many of Salem’s bars and pubs have live music, with the Half Penny Public House taking the top spot with locals. The Infinity Room is perfect for anyone who prefers a night of comedy and one-person shows.  

A number of shops like Top Drawer Boutique line Salem’s downtown core along Liberty Street and Commercial Street, or there’s Salem’s main shopping mall, the Salem Center. The Salem Center includes 80 stores and a handful of restaurants to choose from, and more shops line Lancaster Drive to the east. 
 

Things to Do

 
With so much to do both indoors and out, Salem residents are never bored. The arts and culture scene is thriving in Salem, from the annual Salem Art Fair and Festival in July to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. The third-largest art museum in Oregon, Hallie Ford strives to promote the expression of the human spirit and highlight artistic prowess from different places and times in history. Salem on the Edge is another art gallery on Liberty Street that features a variety of local artists within its 1,700-square-foot space. 
 
For the kids, Gilbert House Children’s Museum is a great place to go for fun, with interactive exhibits that help kids learn. Or, for birthday parties or an afternoon of games, there’s Electric Castle’s Wunderland, an arcade in the market square. 
 
For families that prefer to spend time together outdoors, Deepwood Museum and Gardens is a gorgeous estate centered around one of Salem’s prized historic homes. Built in the 1890s, Deepwood now offers tours of the house, providing insight into Salem’s local history and access to its stunning grounds. 
 
Riverfront City Park is another family favorite, with 26 acres of waterside park space beside the Willamette River. The park hosts many of Salem’s annual festivals, including the much-loved Summer Movies in the Park event, and also has a carousel, a discovery village, and an amphitheater. Finally, Bush’s Pasture Park is one of the larger parks in the city, with more than 90 acres of lush outdoor space. Originally the site of another historic residence in Salem, the initial home of the Bush family is now a museum on the park property. Explore the charming gazebo, conservatory, and rose garden before hiking one of the park's many walking and jogging paths. 
 
Golf lovers feel right at home in Salem, where there are five main courses and clubs to play at. The Creekside Golf Club sits to the south and offers special amenities to its members, from the club pool to the golf performance center to Danny’s on the Green, where members can grab a bite in-between rounds. Illahe Hills is Salem’s only country club, with fitness facilities, bocce ball and tennis courts, indoor pickleball, beautiful event space, and its 18-hole course. 
 

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Overview for Salem, OR

187,638 people live in Salem, where the median age is 36.1 and the average individual income is $27,798.75. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

187,638

Total Population

36.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$27,798.75

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Salem, OR

Salem has 67,048 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Salem do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 187,638 people call Salem home. The population density is 2,396.19 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

187,638

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

36.1

Median Age

50.32 / 49.68%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
67,048

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$27,798.75

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Salem, OR

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The following schools are within or nearby Salem. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Crossler Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Brush College Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Englewood Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Liberty Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
McKinley Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Myers Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Swegle Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Leslie Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
North Salem High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Hallman Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Battle Creek Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Oregon School for the Deaf
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Yoshikai Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Bush Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Wright Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Morningside Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Pringle Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Sumpter Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Walker Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
South Salem High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Howard Street Charter
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Miller Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Kalapuya Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Lee Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Blanchet Catholic School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Montessori Discovery
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Eagle Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Houck Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Grant Community School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Highland Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Hoover Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Richmond Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Judson Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Parrish Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Chapman Hill Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Harritt Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Cesar E Chavez Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
West Salem High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Stephens Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Candalaria Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Salem Heights Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Schirle Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Washington Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Hammond Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Jane Goodall Environmental Middle Charter School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Salem Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Little Friends Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Our Savior's Christian Elementary
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
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