Salem, OR
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Salem is a relatively large city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 164,549 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the third largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities, Salem isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Salem are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (14.60%), sales jobs (9.49%), and management occupations (8.18%).

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.

The overall education level of Salem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.95% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $23,076, 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 $92,304 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Salem is a very 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 21.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salem include English, Irish, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.