Salem is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 174,365 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the third largest community in Oregon.
Salem is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (12.93%), sales jobs (8.61%), and management occupations (8.46%).
Also of interest is that Salem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Salem, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Salem is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Salem a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The overall education level of Salem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.35% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $26,423, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,692 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Salem is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Salem also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salem include German, Irish, English, European, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.