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 (14.37%), sales jobs (9.61%), and management occupations (8.12%).

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 percentage of people in Salem who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.90% of adults in Salem have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $23,201, 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 $92,804 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 21.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salem include Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.

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