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Salem is a city in Marion County. (The community straddles Marion and Polk counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community is believed named for Salem, MA

The latitude of Salem is 44.943N. The longitude is -123.033W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 161 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 142,914.


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Median household income
Local
$38,881
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Salem demographic reports
Salem is on the Willamette River
Former and merged names include:
· Chemeketa
· Mill
Jason Lee, a Methodist Episcopal missionary, founded a mission here in 1840. Almost half the population left for California during the gold rush
Public transportation: Salem Area Mass Transit District (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 514. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 3.6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1975 movie, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Well-known residents have included:
· A.C. Gilbert, inventor of the Erector Set
· Howard Hesseman, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Oregon State Fair - Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Marion County Fair - July 12-15, 2007
  • Salem World Beat Festival - June 30-July 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Salem web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Pentacle Theatre, Salem Repertory Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Willamette Mission State Park, Maud Williamson State Recreation Site, Silver Falls State Park, North Santiam State Recreation Area
Sports teams: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Mission Mill Museum, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, Marion County Historical Society Museum, Deepwood Estate
Colleges and universities: Willamette University, Corban College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 109

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Salem demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Marion County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Salem area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 97302 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

18% of Salem residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Salem ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Salem was $19,141, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Salem include Court Street - Chemeketa Street Historic District, Gaiety Hill - Bush's Pasture Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $489.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,087.


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Libraries in Salem include Oregon State Library, Salem Public Library, West Salem Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Salem include Salem Statesman Journal

TV stations in Salem include KPXG, KWBP.

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Politics

Marion County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Salem political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Salem workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 28 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Salem between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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