About the Community
Salem is a vibrant, family oriented community in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
Considered one of the most livable areas of the country, the Salem area boasts a low cost of living, quality schools and mild weather. The city covers 47 square miles and has a population of about 160,600. Salem, the state capital, is one of the valley’s oldest cities and the third-largest in Oregon.
The area is abundant with parks, rivers, lakes and recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, biking, boating, equestrian trails and organized children’s sports and activities.
The city’s cultural offerings include museums and live theater, plus art and music fairs and Saturday artisan markets.
The region is rich with attractions. A short drive to the east is world-class skiing in the Cascade Mountains. To the west are many beautiful public beaches on the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Portland, Oregon’s cultural hub and largest city.