About Salem, OR

Moving to Salem, OR? Just visiting?

Salem is the capital of Oregon and the county seat of Marion County. With a population of nearly 155,000, Salem is Oregon’s third-largest city.


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Salem History

The area that is now Salem was first inhabited by Native Americans called the Kalapuyans. European settlers arrived in Salem around 1812, but the first permanent establishment was not formed until 1940. In 1851, Salem became capital of the Oregon Territory and in 1857, was incorporated as a city. Learn more about Salem’s history:


Salem Weather

Salem is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The city has an average annual temperature of 53 degrees and sees about 40 inches of rainfall per year; most of which occurs in the late fall and winter.


Salem Transportation

Local and long distance bus services are provided by Salem-Keizer Transit, Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System (CARTS), and Greyhound Lines. Amtrak provides passenger rail service out of Salem and HUT Airport Shuttle provides transportation to Portland International Airport. 


Cost of Living in Salem

While the cost of living in Salem is 5.7% less than Oregon’s national average, it is 10.4% greater than the U.S. national average. See how far your budget will stretch in Salem:


Salem Schools

Salem’s public schools are run by Salem-Keizer School District, the second-largest school district in Oregon. Salem is also home to Wilmette University, the oldest university in the western United States.


Salem Hospitals

Salem Hospital is Salem’s top-ranked medical facility and the fifth best facility in Oregon. This hospital is known for its high performance in heart failure procedures, hip replacement, and knee replacement surgeries. If you’re moving to Salem, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available:


Salem Real Estate

The average listing price of a home in Salem is $282,876. Salem contains several different neighborhoods, most popular include West Salem and South Gateway. Browse real estate listings in Salem:


Salem Hotels

Salem has a number of hotels to accommodate any type of traveler’s needs; whether business or pleasure. Browse places to stay in Salem:


Salem Restaurants

Salem has a large variety of cultural culinary flavors including authentic German food, Mexican food, Asian flavors, and Hawaiian food to name a few. Browse Salem restaurants:


Things to Do in Salem

There are plenty of things to see and do in Salem for people of all ages and interests. Some popular activities include touring nearby vineyards, exploring local parks and gardens, and touring museums and breweries. Browse all Salem attractions: