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Salem, Oregon 31 Reviews | Leave a Comment


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


-Clouds and rain
-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.


Quick Facts About Salem

    The unemployment rate in Salem is 7.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Salem jobs have Increased by 0.48 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Salem's cost of living is 2.30% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Salem's population is 154,835 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.90 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Salem is $162,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.50 percent.
    Salem public schools spend $11,410 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.3 students per teacher in Salem.

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Salem Housing Market

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Don't like Salem? Consider
I agree with the point that Salem is not for everyone but it could be worse. Not just worse, a lot worse. I've lived in Arizona all my life. That said, let me tell... (read more)
Someone on this site commented that they didn't understand why there were so many prisons in Salem. I had a business in the Salem (outlying area) and knowing what I know... (read more)
re: Salem Rocks! - 12/24/2010
Reading some of these replies, I wonder which Salem they live in, because we've been here for about six years and love it. There may be a meth problem, but tell me one... (read more)
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