Salem OR

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Salem, OR Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Salem Housing Market Information

With a population of 174,365, 59,693 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $308,935, Salem real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Salem, accounting for 59.75% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Salem include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 21.59%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.53%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 5.14%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Salem are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 50.71% owning and 49.29% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Salem built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Salem built between 1940-1969 ( 25.56%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 15.63%). There's also some housing in Salem built before 1939 ( 8.35%).

Salem Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Salem has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Salem real estate appreciated 65.33% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 5.16%, putting Salem in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Salem definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Salem that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Salem real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Salem appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 5.80%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 84.59% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Salem. Salem appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.19%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 9.04%.

Importantly, this makes Salem one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Oregon, our data show that Salem's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Oregon.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Salem differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Salem - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Salem real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,372,000 0.5
$1,029,001 - $1,372,000 0.9
$686,001 - $1,029,000 2.4
$549,001 - $686,000 4.0
$412,001 - $549,000 12.6
$275,001 - $412,000 32.8
$137,001 - $275,000 35.3
$69,001 - $137,000 3.9
$0 - $69,000 7.7

Average for OR
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
20.6948905109489 55.5555555555556

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Salem Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
117.58% 3.82%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,195 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.71
Renters 49.29
Vacant 6.80

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 15.6
1970 - 1999 50.5
1940 - 1969 25.6
1939 or Older 8.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 59.7
Townhomes 3.9
Small Apt. Buildings 9.5
Apt. Complexes 21.6
Mobile Homes 5.1
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.15
1 Bedroom 10.32
2 Bedrooms 31.02
3 Bedrooms 41.06
4 Bedrooms 12.49
5 or more bedrooms 2.95