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Salem, OR

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Salem is located in northwestern Oregon, and the city is the capital of the entire state, as well as being the county seat of Marion County. Salem is one of the older cities on the west coast, being founded in 1842 and fully fifteen years later. The name Salem is actually an interpretation of a Native American word meaning “meeting or resting place”. As of 2010, Salem has a population of 154,637 people, making it Oregon’s third largest city. When looking at Salem’s greater metropolitan area, that number jumps to 396,103.

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Northwood Meadows Apartments
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The Village
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Forest Ridge
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River Crest Apartments
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Parkview Apartments
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Fox Hollow Apartments
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Key City Stats

The average age of Salem, OR is
Under 5 Years
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 7.96%
  • 7.39%
  • 6.71%
  • Female
  • 7.06%
  • 6.6%
  • 6.04%
is average rent in Salem, OR
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 10.9%
  • 8.9%
  • 8.1%
of units are available for rent in Salem
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 1571
  • 35
  • 767
Getting Around in Salem, OR

The buses in the city of Salem are run by the Salem-Keizer Transit, which is an independent government agency, as well as by the Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System, otherwise known as CARTS. Greyhound also provides some limited service in the city. Amtrak serves the city’s rail needs, and travels to cities such as Los Angeles, Eugene, and Vancouver. Major highways running through or near Salem include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99, 22, 221, 51, and 213.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
"Some Transit"
The average commuter time in Salem is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.65%
  • 8.44%
  • 1.53%

Reed Opera House and McCornack Block Addition

<p>The Reed Opera House and McCornack Block Addition is one of the more popular points of interest in the town of Salem. Commonly shortened to just The Reed Opera House or 'The Reed', the opera house is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Reed has a rich history as an opera house, and still has occasional performances by theatre, music, and dance troupes. But today, The Reed is mostly used as an upscale shopping mall, with retail boutiques, shops, and restaurants all lining the first and second floors.</p>

Bush's Pasture Park

<p>The Bush's Pasture Park is one of Salem's more interesting public parks, seeing as it is also a botanical garden. The Asahel Bush House, which is located on the premises, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and today is a museum that holds a number of different exhibits and showcases art from local artists. The Bush Barn Art Center is also located in the park, and it houses a popular arts and crafts gallery where visitors can buy art pieces from national and international artists. The park itself has trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and cherry and apple orchards, and is frequented by families.</p>

Oregon State Capitol

<p>The Oregon State Capitol Building is also located in Salem, and it gets significant tourist traffic. The Capitol Building houses the state legislature as well as the Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer of Oregon's offices. The building itself was designed by New York architects in 1938, and the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1980s. The building has fountains, rare artwork, and showcases the Douglas-fir, Oregon's state tree. The grounds where the building is located include Wilson and Capitol parks, and there is a replica of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell found on the premise as well.</p>