Salem is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 175,535 people and 46 constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the third largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Salem is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (12.14%), sales jobs (9.91%), and management occupations (7.95%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.86% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In terms of college education, Salem is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.57% of adults in Salem have a college degree.
The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $29,608, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,432 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 22.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salem include German, English, Irish, European, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.