Salem is Oregon’s State Capital and is located in two counties, Marion and Polk.

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

Salem has 177,694 people as of 2021, according to Portland State University’s Population Research Center.

More Salem statistics from the U.S. Census American Fact Finder, 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Population with a high school graduate or higher – 87.4%
  • Population with a bachelor’s degree or higher – 28.4%
  • Median age – 34.8
  • Population speaking a language other than English at home – 20.9%
  • Population 19 year old and younger – 24.1%
  • Population 60 years old and older – 14.1%

Housing facts

Housing statistics from the U.S. Census American Fact Finder, 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Total housing units – 64,290
  • Median household income – $55,920
  • Median home price – $242,800
  • Median rent –  $975
  • Owner-occupied homes – 54.3%
  • Renter-occupied homes – 45.7% 
Native American family on neighborhood street.

Salem is a vibrant and diverse community with well-established neighborhoods.

​Additional information

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