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Salem, OR

Salem is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress
166,756
Salem Population7
$
39,512
Median Income6
6.4
%
Unemployment Rate16
 

City Score

 

Population

Salem's over 85 years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 14%, whereas the average population in that segment grew by 20%

Age

35.4
Median Age7
9.8
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Salem residents are mostly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 11.0% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 30.5%

Race

76
%
Oregon Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Salem is humid and rainy, but rarely hot or cold. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 54 days per year with almost no days above 90°F, but 144 days where there is at least some rain and an average humidity of 72%

Weather

39
%
Chance of Rain11
50
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Salem increased by 57% since 2010 which is 14% higher than the national average and 1% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,600
Monthly Average12
47
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Salem is a very high tax location with no sales tax and property tax 9% lower than the national average, but income tax 109% higher than the national average.

Other

1.01
%
Property Tax21
0.0
%
Sales Tax20
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Salem has an average employment rate of 94% which is 0% higher than the national average. The largest employers are The State of Oregon and NORPAC Foods

Income

21.9
%
<$25,0006
6.9
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry16

 

Politics

Salem is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results39

Representatives

Mayor28 Chuck Bennett
Democratic
House of Representative28 Kurt Schrader
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, is 22.6 miles from the center of Salem, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Portland Health Care System - Portland VA Medical Center, is 41.5 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Salem Hospital, is 0.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Oregon, 41.4% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 51.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#77 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report31
#70 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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