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Pros

-Small-town atmosphere
-Nearby recreation
-Close to Portland

Cons

-Clouds and rain
-Crime
-Low ethnic diversity


What Bert Has To Say About Salem Metro Area


Salem is the state capital and an agricultural center. State government buildings dominate a small but attractive and progressive downtown core. Surrounding built-up areas are unremarkable. Local agriculture includes orchards, fruits, grapes, nursery stock, and vegetables; the type of agriculture and rolling, moist terrain make for an attractive landscape.



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Quick Facts About Salem


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Salem is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Salem jobs have Increased by 3.49 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Salem's cost of living is 8.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Salem's population is 164,549 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 52.66 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 30 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Salem is $207,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 7.09 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Salem public schools spend $10,454 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 23.1 students per teacher in Salem.

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