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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

2015

 Square Miles (Urban Growth Boundary)

68

2015

 Source: Salem Public Works GIS    

     Demographic Information

Salem Population

160,690

2015

Salem Population Growth 2012-13

1.0%

2015

Marion County Population

329,770

2015

Marion County Population Growth 2012-13

0.6%

2015

Polk County Population

78,570

2015

Polk County Population Growth 2012-13

0.0%

2015

Salem MSA Population

396,338

2015

Source: Portland State University

    Public Schools Enrollment

Elementary Schools (42)

19,726

2015

Middle Schools (11)

9,334

2015

Charter and other Programs

262

2015

High Schools (8)

12,110

2015

Source: Salem-Keizer Schools
 

   College & University Enrollment

Chemeketa Community College

41,804

2013

Willamette University

 2,827

2013

Corban College

1,160

2013

Western Oregon University

6,187

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

5.8%

2015
Oregon Unemployment

5.4%

2015
Source: Oregon Department of Labor

   Income

Salem Median Household Income

$49,508

2014
Oregon Median Household Income

$51,075

2014
Source: Oregon Economic & Community Development

   Tax Structure

Retail Sales Tax

N/A

2015
Oregon Corporate Franchise Tax

6.0%

2015
Salem Business License Fee

N/A

2015
Source: Salem Urban Development Department

   Housing

Average Price of New Home

$239,276

2015
New Dwelling Permits

279

7/14-6/15
New Dwelling Permit Value

$74,966,527

7/14-6/15
Source: Salem Community Development Department & Willamette Valley MLS

   Commercial Permits

New Commercial/Industrial Permits

26

 7/14-6/15
New Commercial/Industrial Permit Value

$50,650,921

 7/14-6/15
Source: Salem Community Development Department

   Hospitals

Salem Hospital-beds

454

12/15/13
Source: Salem Hospital Website

   Parks

Number of Developed City Parks

47

2015
Total Park Acreage

2,235

2015
Recreation Participant/Registrations

5,649

2015
Special Activity Permits Issued

963

2015
Recreation Facilities Hours Used

55,719

2015
Center 50+ Participants

232,934

2015
Center 50+ Average Daily Participants

806

2015
Source: Salem Public Works Department
 

   Salem's Water System

Residents Served

191,388

2015
Water Utility Accounts

52,107

2015
Average Water Use/Day (million gallons)

26.4

2015
Peak Water Use/Summer Day (million gallons)

44

2015
Daily Transmission Capacity (mgd)

66

2015
Source: Salem Public Works Department

   Salem's Wastewater System

Residents Served

231,152

2015
Sewer Utility Accounts

62,649

2015
Average Daily Sewage Treatment (mgd)

37

2015
Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility
Wastewater Treatment Capacity Summer/Winter (mgd)

35/155

2015
Source: Salem Public Works Department
Serving City's of Salem, Keizer & Turner

   Salem's Transportation System

Streets Total Miles

663

2015
Bridges

57

2015
Street Trees

125,000

2015
Source: Salem Public Works Department


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

 

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