Community Profile

Salem is the capital city of Oregon with a population of more than 160,000. Centrally located, Salem is 47 miles south of Portland and an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the ocean beaches. Salem is in the midst of sustained, steady growth. Ongoing preservation of historic downtown buildings, along with a downtown core master plan for residential and commercial development, ensures managed growth.

Salem is a diverse community with well-established neighborhoods, a family-friendly ambiance, and a small town feel.

Our commutes are short, our air is pure, our parks are beautiful. We have abundant land for development, a ready and willing workforce, great training programs, and a city that works hard to make doing business easy.


City of Salem Seeks Nominations for 2017 Volunteer Recognition

Nominations must be received by August 15. Outstanding volunteer contributions by youths, teachers, schools, businesses, and neighbhorhood groups will be recognized at a celebration October 2, 2017.
What’s happening
Jul. 22
Bite & Brew Salem11:00 a.m.11:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301
STRIDE 5K Run/Walk9:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.Minto-Brown Island Park
2200 Minto Island RD S
Salem OR 97302
Jul. 21
68th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.Bush's Pasture Park
600 Mission ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Jul. 23
Bite & Brew Salem11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Jul. 25
River Currents Presentation Series - Missoula Flood7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Contact us

Urban Development Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301