Demographics

The region consists of two counties which combine to form the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with Oregon’s State Capital, Salem, at its center.

Salem is an exceptional community for living and working with new and well-established neighborhoods. Residents represent many cultural and religious groups resulting in a vibrant and diverse community. Many who live in the Salem area do so because of its family-friendly ambiance and small town feel.

Population facts

According to the U.S. Census American Fact Finder, 2010 Demographic Profile:

  • Largest city in the MSA – Salem (154,637 people)
  • Other cities in the MSA
    • Keizer (36,478 people)
    • Woodburn (24,080 people)
    • Dallas (14,583 people)

Salem statistics according to the U.S. Census American Fact Finder, 2011-2015 American Community Survey:

  • Percent high school graduate or higher – 86.9%
  • Percent bachelor's degree or higher – 27%
  • Median age – 34.8
  • Population speaking a language other than English at home – 21.5%

Housing facts

According to the U.S. Census American Fact Finder, 2011-2015 American Community Survey:

  • Total housing units – 61,417
  • Median household income – $47, 191
  • Median home price – $182,800
  • Median rent – $793

 

​Additional information

Oregon Census Data: The Oregon State Data Center are official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau.

Salem Housing and Residents: Data specific to Salem housing and residents