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Salem, the capital city of Oregon and its third largest city, lies in the center of the lush Willamette River valley, 47 miles from Portland. Salem is a city of over 47 square miles, located an hour from the Cascade mountains to the east and an hour from the ocean beaches to the west.

Thriving businesses abound in Salem and benefit from economic diversity. The downtown has been recognized as one of the region’s most vital retail centers for a community of its size. Not only has downtown Salem retained its vital retail core, but it continues to be supported by strong and vibrant historic neighborhoods at its periphery, the campus-like Capitol Mall, Salem Regional Hospital and Willamette University.

Salem has an excellent K-12 school system and five institutions of higher education. Over 13 public or private universities and colleges are located within a 70-mile radius of Salem. Salem’s educational institutions provide undergraduate and graduate programs and workforce training, as well as contributing a rich tapestry of cultural events and art that enrich the community.

Salem offers a wide array of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions, ranging from historic sites and museums to events that appeal to a wide variety of interests - from sports tournaments to Arts Fairs, theater and music. From our vibrant downtown, several parks and our historic district are within walking distance. 1,869 acres of park land invite residents and visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors.

Surrounded by green pastures, fields of flowers, gardens, vegetables, orchards and vineyards, Salem’s year-around and summer farmer’s markets overflow with locally raised produce and hand-crafted products. Salem is the perfect base for a tour of Oregon’s wine country or a visit to any or all of the many extraordinary gardens in the city and the surrounding area.

 

     Geographic Information

 Square Miles (Salem City Limits)

49

2013

 Square Miles (Urban Growth Boundary)

68

2013

 Source: Salem Public Works GIS    

     Demographic Information

Salem Population

157,770

2013

Salem Population Growth 2012-13

0.6%

2013

Marion County Population

322880

2013

Marion County Population Growth 2012-13

0.7%

2013

Polk County Population

77065

2013

Polk County Population Growth 2012-13

0.6%

2013

Salem MSA Population

396338

2012

Source: Portland State University

    Public Schools Enrollment

Elementary Schools (44)

19399

2013

Middle Schools (13)

9077

2013

Alternative and Special Schools (14)

434

2013

High Schools (8)

11,886

2013

Source: Salem-Keizer Public Schools
 

   College & University Enrollment

Chemeketa Community College

41,804

2013

Willamette University

 2,827

2013

Corban College

1,160

2013

Western Oregon University

6187

2013

Source: Respective Websites

   Educational Attainment

Salem Population-High School Graduates 86.5%

 2010

Salem Population-Bachelor's Degree or Higher 25.9%

 2010

Source: US Census Bureau

   Area Largest Employment Sectors

Government

40,000

11/1/13

Trade, Transportation, and Utility

25,600

11/1/13

Education and Health

23,900

11/1/13

Manufacturing

11,600

11/1/13

Professionals and Business Services

11,400

11/1/13

Source: Oregon Department of Labor

   Employment

Salem Unemployment

9.2%

2013
Oregon Unemployment

8.6%

2013
Source: Oregon Department of Labor

   Income

Salem Average Income

$45,656

2012
Oregon Average Income

$49,161

2012
Source: Oregon Economic & Community Development

   Tax Structure

Retail Sales Tax

N/A

2013
Oregon Corporate Franchise Tax

6.0%

2013
Salem Business License Fee

N/A

2013
Source: Salem Urban Development Department

   Housing

Average Price of New Home

$231,118

2013
New Dwelling Permits

231

7/12-6/13
New Dwelling Permit Value

$50,357,471

7/12-6/13
Source: Salem Community Development Department & Willamette Valley MLS

   Commercial Permits

New Commercial/Industrial Permits

22

 7/12-6/13
New Commercial/Industrial Permit Value

$33,498,900

 7/12-6/13
Source: Salem Community Development Department

   Hospitals

Salem Hospital-beds

454

12/15/13
Source: Salem Hospital Website

   Parks

Number of Developed City Parks

47

2013
Total Park Acreage

2,235

2013
Recreation Participant/Registrations

4721

2013
Special Activity Permits Issued

613

2013
Recreation Facilities Hours Used

53,917

2013
Center 50+ Participants

217,800

2013
Center 50+ Average Daily Participants

726

2013
Source: Salem Public Works Department
 

   Salem's Water System

Citizens Served

188,443

2013
Water Utility Accounts

51,532

2013
Average Water Use/Day (million gallons)

26.8

2013
Peak Water Use/Summer Day (million gallons)

44

2013
Daily Transmission Capacity (mgd)

66

2013
Source: Salem Public Works Department

   Salem's Wastewater System

Citizens Served

227,775

2013
Sewer Utility Accounts

61,772

2013
Average Daily Sewage Treatment (mgd)

37

2013
Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility
Wastewater Treatment Capacity Summer/Winter (mgd)

35/155

2013
Source: Salem Public Works Department
Serving City's of Salem, Keizer & Turner

   Salem's Transportation System

Streets Total Miles

633

2013
Bridges

57

2013
Street Trees

125,000

2013
Source: Salem Public Works Department


Comments and Questions?
Contact Mike Gotterba, 503-588-6211
mgotterba@cityofsalem.net

 

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