Salem, OR

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
428,472
1.37% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Wyden
Democratic Party
US Senator
Jeff Merkley
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
36.9
0.82% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.1%
5.78% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$62,539
3.92% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$274,600
9.49% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
195,905
2.5% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Salem, OR had a population of 428k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $62,539. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Salem, OR grew from 422,678 to 428,472, a 1.37% increase and its median household income grew from $60,178 to $62,539, a 3.92% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Salem, OR are White (Non-Hispanic) (67%), White (Hispanic) (13%), Other (Hispanic) (6.67%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.22%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.78%).

None of the households in Salem, OR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

92.8% of the residents in Salem, OR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Salem, OR are Chemeketa Community College (1,849 degrees awarded in 2020), Western Oregon University (1,715 degrees), and Willamette University (651 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Salem, OR was $274,600, and the homeownership rate was 61.7%.

Most people in Salem, OR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Salem, OR was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Salem, OR is home to a population of 428k people, from which 92.8% are citizens. As of 2018, 11.7% of Salem, OR residents were born outside of the country (48.9k people).

In 2020, there were 5.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (287k people) in Salem, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 55.6k White (Hispanic) and 28.6k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

92.8%
2020 Citizenship
92.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 92.8% of Salem, OR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Salem, OR was 92.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Salem, OR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    287k ± 834
  2. White (Hispanic)
    55.6k ± 2.47k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    28.6k ± 2.22k
24.4%
Hispanic Population
105k people

In 2020, there were 5.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (287k people) in Salem, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 55.6k White (Hispanic) and 28.6k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

24.4% of the people in Salem, OR are hispanic (105k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Salem, OR as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    141,609 ± 9,081 people
  2. Vietnam
    22,538 ± 3,676 people
  3. China
    22,455 ± 3,669 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 141,609 Oregon residents, followed by Vietnam with 22,538 and China with 22,455.

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Foreign-Born Population

11.7%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
48.9k people
11.9%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
48.8k people

As of 2018, 11.7% of Salem, OR residents (48.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Salem, OR was 11.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,962 ± 635
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,343 ± 592
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,404 ± 454

Salem, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.06 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Salem, OR employs 196k people. The largest industries in Salem, OR are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,621 people), Retail Trade (23,852 people), and Manufacturing (18,933 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,542), Public Administration ($57,384), and Utilities ($56,103).

Males in Oregon have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,561. The income inequality in Oregon (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

196k
2020 Value
± 3,755
2.5%
1 Year growth
± 2.54%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Salem, OR grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 191k employees to 196k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Salem, OR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,433 people), Sales & Related Occupations (19,252 people), and Management Occupations (16,449 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Salem, OR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

196k
2020 Value
± 3,755
2.5%
1 Year growth
± 2.54%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Salem, OR grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 191k employees to 196k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Salem, OR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,621 people), Retail Trade (23,852 people), and Manufacturing (18,933 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Salem, OR, though some of these residents may live in Salem, OR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,400
Median earning men ± $805
$30,073
Median earning women ± $897

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($64,119), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,127), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($48,729).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($51,863), Wholesale Trade ($45,166), and Construction ($41,587).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Oregon. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oregon.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,766
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,157
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,042
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $2.92M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $2.06M
    Manufacturing
  3. $713k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $19B
  2. $18.8B
  3. $14.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Oregon product (by dollars) was Electronics with $19B, followed by Mixed freight ($18.8B) and Wood prods. ($14.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oregon products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$185B
2020 Value in Oregon
$358B
Projected 2050 Value in Oregon
93.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Oregon trade was $185B. This is expected to increase 93.6% to $358B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oregon trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $36.1B
  2. $24.7B
  3. $3.73B

In 2020, the top outbound Oregon domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Washington with $36.1B, followed by California with $24.7B and Idaho and $3.73B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oregon shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing the state of Oregon. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oregon is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oregon

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Ron Wyden
Senator from Oregon3
Assumed office on February 5, 1996
Elected to the seat following the resignation of Bob Packwood.
Jeff Merkley
Senator from Oregon2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are the senators currently representing Oregon.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Oregon over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Oregon

Oregon is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oregon have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Salem, OR awarded 4,884 degrees. The student population of Salem, OR in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 6,611 male students and 9,979 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Salem, OR are White (2,810 and 59%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (918 and 19.3%), Unknown (522 and 11%), and Asian (170 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Salem, OR by number of degrees awarded are Chemeketa Community College (1,849 and 37.9%), Western Oregon University (1,715 and 35.1%), and Willamette University (651 and 13.3%).

The most popular majors in Salem, OR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (630 and 12.9%), General Studies (531 and 10.9%), and Teacher Education (254 and 5.2%).

The median tuition costs in Salem, OR are $33,190 for private four year colleges, and $8,280 and $27,090 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in Salem, OR, the percentage of applicants admitted was 73.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 16,590 (39.8% men and 60.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 16,590 students enrolled in Salem, OR, 39.8% men and 60.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,791 records, of which 62% were women and 38% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 182 degree-majors awarded
  2. 158 degree-majors awarded
  3. 154 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Salem, OR was General Psychology with 182 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Salem, OR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,849 degrees awarded
  2. 1,715 degrees awarded
  3. 651 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Chemeketa Community College with 1,849 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,870 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Salem, OR, which is 0.62 times less than the 3,014 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,810 degrees mean that there were 3.06 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 918 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($33,190) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,914) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.725% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.812% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (878k), High School or Equivalent (788k), and Bachelors Degree (661k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Salem, OR was $274,600 in 2020, which is 1.19 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $250,800 to $274,600, a 9.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Salem, OR is 61.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Salem, OR have an average commute time of 24.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Salem, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Salem, OR is $62,539. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Salem, OR was Washington County, OR with a value of $86,626, followed by Clackamas County, OR and Hood River County, OR, with respective values of $82,911 and $72,418.

Property

$274,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,236
$93,287
Median Property Taxes
±$2,276

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Salem, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Salem, OR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

61.7%
Homeownership
2020
66.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 61.7% of the housing units in Salem, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.5%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Salem, OR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Salem, OR was Washington County, OR with a value of $86,626, followed by Clackamas County, OR and Hood River County, OR, with respective values of $82,911 and $72,418.

The following map shows all of the counties in Salem, OR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,539
Median Household Income
± $1,209
151k
Number of Households
± 3,130

In 2020, the median household income of the 151k households in Salem, OR grew to $62,539 from the previous year's value of $60,178.

The following chart displays the households in Salem, OR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Salem, OR is from Oregon.
0.464
2020 Wage GINI in Oregon
0.465
2019 Wage GINI in Oregon

In 2020, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.249% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Oregon was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oregon in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oregon across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (76.4%)
  2. Carpooled (12%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.21%)

In 2018, 76.4% of workers in Salem, OR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12%) and those who worked at home (5.21%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Salem, OR have a shorter commute time (24.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.15% of the workforce in Salem, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Salem, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Salem, OR have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Salem, OR (54.7k out of 417k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Salem, OR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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92.2% of the population of Salem, OR has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 22.1% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Oregon was $8,044 in 2014. This is a 7.73% increase from the previous year ($7,467).

Primary care physicians in Oregon see 1062 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0941% decrease from the previous year (1063 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1209 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 181 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Oregon, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,062 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Oregon

Primary care physicians in Oregon see an average of 1,062 patients per year. This represents a 0.0941% decrease from the previous year (1,063 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Oregon in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Oregon across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26% under 18 years, 21.8% between 18 and 34 years, 36.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 16% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

7.77%
Uninsured
44.8%
Employer Coverage
22.1%
Medicaid
12.2%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Salem, OR grew by 3.63% from 7.5% to 7.77%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Salem, OR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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