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Welcome to Salem ...

The city of Salem is primarily located in Marion County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Oregon. A portion of Salem extends into Polk County.

When the people of Salem refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Salemite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Salem has a population of 174,365 people<3> (see below for details).

Salem was established in 1842.

The community of Salem is 180 feet [55 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Salem lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Websites for Salem ...

Official Website: www.cityofsalem.net/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 174,365 people. This is an increase of 12.76% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salem had a population of 154,637 people (or 49.04% of the total population of Marion County). This makes Salem the county's most populous community.

The population of Salem represents 4.04% of the total population of Oregon (which has 3,831,074 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 154,637 people, the population of Salem increased 12.94% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 136,924 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Salem.

Communities Also Named Salem ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 122 communities that are also named Salem - they are located in Alabama (4), Arkansas (5), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia (8), Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa, Kansas (7), Kentucky (4), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Mississippi (6), Missouri (4), Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick (2), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (8), Nova Scotia, Ohio (7), Oklahoma (3), Ontario (6), Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (4), South Dakota, Tennessee (7), Texas (8), Utah, Virginia (5), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Salem.

Communities near Salem ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Salem.

  • Woodburn [Marion County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodburn have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodburn
    • Woodburn [Marion County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Salem
    • Estimated population in 2019: 26,273 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodburn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodburn<7>
  • Dallas [Polk County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dallas have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dallas
    • Dallas [Polk County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the west of Salem
    • Estimated population in 2019: 16,979 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dallas
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dallas<7>
  • Silverton [Marion County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silverton have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silverton
    • Silverton [Marion County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Salem
    • Estimated population in 2019: 10,618 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silverton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silverton<7>
  • Monmouth [Polk County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monmouth
    • Monmouth [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Salem
    • Estimated population in 2019: 10,586 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monmouth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monmouth<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Independence [Polk County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Independence have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Independence
      • Independence [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,272 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Independence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Independence<7>
    • Stayton [Marion County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stayton have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stayton
      • Stayton [Marion County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,295 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stayton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stayton<7>
    • Aumsville [Marion County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aumsville have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aumsville
      • Aumsville [Marion County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,180 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aumsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aumsville<7>
    • Mount Angel [Marion County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Angel have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Angel
      • Mount Angel [Marion County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,619 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Angel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Angel<7>
    • Jefferson [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jefferson
      • Jefferson [Marion County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,364 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jefferson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jefferson<7>
    • Sublimity [Marion County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sublimity have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sublimity
      • Sublimity [Marion County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,772 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sublimity
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sublimity<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Salem. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Salem.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Salem. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Salem.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Salem. Our list includes 76 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Salem.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Salem ...

Looking for more information about Salem? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Salem, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Salem.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Salem: www.cityofsalem.net/

The official website for Marion County: www.co.marion.or.us/

The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Oregon's counties, including Marion, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Salem refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Salem may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Salem.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Salem - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Salem. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Salem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9392, Longitude: -123.0307    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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