Nicknamed the Cherry City, Salem is the state capital for Oregon and is America’s 26th-most highly populated state capital city. Salem is the westernmost U.S. capital city in continental United States.
Guinness World Records points to Salem, Oregon as being the site where 1,203 people participated in the biggest game of Red Light/Green Light. The record was set on August 28, 2015 at Williamette University in Salem.
Salem is home to the 10 large employers listed below. The estimated employee count is shown within parentheses.
- State of Oregon (23,100 employees)
- Salem-Keizer School District (4,584)
- Salem Health/Salem Hospital (3,900)
- Chemeketa Community College (1,584)
- Marion Country (1,511)
- Federal Government (1,500)
- City of Salem (1,327)
- Kaiser Permanente (1,200)
- Norpac Foods Incorporated (1,200)
- State Accident Insurance Fund (945)
Oregon shipped U$21.753 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Oregonian exports are electronic integrated processors and controllers, semiconductor making machinery, passenger vehicles, wheat, miscellaneous digital processing units, miscellaneous electronic integrated circuits and civilian aircraft according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Salem was 3.8% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Salem, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bush’s Pasture Park, Bush House Museum, Deepwood Museum & Gardens, Salem Armory Auditorium and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Salem, Oregon:
- Ryan Allen, professional NFL football kicker (born Feb. 28, 1990)
- Debbie Armstrong, Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist (born Dec. 6, 1963)
- Justin Kirk, actor (born May 28, 1969)
- Mercedes Rose, actress (born Mar. 22, 1972)
- Scott Hatteberg, professional MLB baseball player (born Dec. 14, 1969)
- Michelle Taggart, Olympic halfpipe snowboarder (born May 6, 1970)
- George Andrews, mathematician (born Dec. 4, 1938)
- Kate Nauta, model & actress (born Apr. 29, 1982)
- Jess Lewis, Olympic wrestler (born Jul. 28, 1947)
- Kate Bjelland, punk singer (born Dec. 29, 1963)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Salem resident: Salemite
Population: 164,500 (Salem city limits)
Density: 3,392 people per square mile (1,311 per square kilometer)
Population: 418,139 (Salem metropolitan area)
Density: 217 people per square mile (84 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$14.069 billion as of March 2015 (Salem metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $33,647
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Salem: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 12, 2017
City of Salem, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest game of red light/green light. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Salem official website. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 12, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Salem city flag. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Oregon. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Salem, Oregon. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Within city limits, Salem occupies 48.5 square miles (125.48 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 164,500 Salemites in 2015.
Formally called the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Salem metropolitan area has a land area of 1,923 square miles (4,980 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 418,139 inhabitants.
At the city level, Salem’s population density is 3,392 residents per square mile (1,311 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Salem metropolitan area with an average 217 inhabitants per square mile (84 per square kilometer).
Salemites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.