Salem Relocation Guide

Thinking of Relocating to Salem Oregon? There are many reasons to consider a move to Salem. Inside you will find city information that should help research, evaluate and plan your move. And look for money saving offers from local merchants wishing to help.

Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk counties, and the city neighborhood of West Salem is in Polk County. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in 1857.

According to the 2017 US Census estimates, Salem had a population of 169,798, making it the third largest city in the state after Portland and Eugene. Salem is less than an hour driving distance away from Portland. Salem is the principal city of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, the state’s second largest.

According to the Census ACS 1-year survey, the median income for a household in the city of Salem was $55,903 in 2016, and the median income for a family was $65,289. Salem median household income is $1,629 lower than the median Oregon household income and $1,714 less than the US median household income.

The city is home to Willamette University and Corban University. The State of Oregon is the largest public employer in the city, and Salem Hospital is the largest private employer. Transportation includes public transit from Salem-Keizer Transit, Amtrak service, and non-commercial air travel at McNary Field. Major roads include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99E, and Oregon Route 22 which connects West Salem across the Willamette River via the Marion Street and Center Street bridges.

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Salem City Information

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