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.


What’s happening
Sep. 17
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Flexibility 10112:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Come to the amphitheater, have fun, and get fit with this free class!

Presenter: Breanna Oberfoell

Phone: 503-588-6303

Constitution Week CommemorationSalem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Local members of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate Constitution Week, sharing information about this important document.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Sep. 18
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Photo-Walk and Photography11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.Riverfront Park
500 Water ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Improve your picture taking! Enjoy this free photography class with instructor Madeline Alpert.

Presenter: Madeline Alpert

Phone: 503-588-6303

Sep. 19
Cancelled - Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Arts and Crafts10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Have fun creating an art or craft project, guided by an experienced instructor. Projects will be at the teacher's discretion, and may include: Beginning Acrylic, Beginning Watercolor, Brush Lettering, or Painted Projects (such as rocks, wood ornaments, 3 x 3 canvas miniatures, tote bags, and decorative greeting cards).

Presenter: Brigitte Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Wrap Bracelet1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Have fun learning to make your own bracelet with help from instructor Mona West. The plaza is located between JC Penney and the Chemeketa Parkade.

Presenter: Mona West

Phone: 503-588-6303

Contact us

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