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Salem is home to the historic Willamette University, with its beautiful campus located right downtown next to the state capitol. The university regularly hosts concerts by the Oregon Symphony, art shows, theater productions, and other popular cultural events. The majestic capitol building, flanked by daffodils and cherry blossoms, overlooks Downtown and creates a stunning centerpiece for the city.

Salem is an excellent place for folks who love the outdoors, offering endless opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking both in the city (Bush’s Pasture Park, Riverfront Park) and nearby (Silver Falls State Park). The city is also positioned right in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, and the Salem Wine Trail is a popular circuit of local vineyards that locals love as much as visitors. Salem hosts a full roster of major events and celebrations throughout the year, with the biggest being the Oregon State Fair, which draws thousands of people from around the state every August.


The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem

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As of October 2017, the average apartment rent in Salem, OR is $1,179 for a studio, $837 for one bedroom, $995 for two bedrooms, and $1,267 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Salem has increased by 4.7% in the past year.

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58 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
37 Transit Score® Some Transit
75 Bike Score® Very Bikeable



Like all cities in Western Oregon, Salem is a bicycle-friendly community with many bike paths, with many residents choosing to bike to work. The Cherriots bus system serves all parts of town as well as provides transportation to the rural communities of Marion County. The downtown area is laid out in one-way grids, making and there are several parking garages for shoppers or those who work in the downtown area. As the state capitol of Oregon, Salem has many government offices, most of which are conveniently located in the downtown area.


Salem is located right in the middle of some of the best farmland in the country, and the menus of local restaurants reflect that well. The farm-to-fork culinary movement is clearly in evidence in the majority of Salem's dining establishments. Almost every restaurant in Salem has it's own signature berry dessert because of the abundance of berry farms in the area. The Willamette Valley is also known for its orchard fruits such as peaches, apples, pears, and cherries.

Salem is located within a half hour's drive from the Yamhill-Carlton wine district, and several area wineries feature fine dining on their premises. Coffee culture is also strong in Salem, with a good selection of independent roasters and eclectic, locally owned coffee shops. Salem is also home to some good microbreweries.


Downtown Salem has many locally owned retail stores that feature one-of-a-kind items. The Reed Opera House lies in the heart of downtown Salem and features unique retail establishments, eateries, bars, and an elegant ballroom. Pringle Park Plaza is several blocks south of downtown Salem and offers locally owned bookstores, clothing and jewelry outlets, and houses another of Salem's local institutions, the Salem Cinema. Other shopping options include the Lancaster Mall in southeast Salem and the many retail stores on south Salem's Commercial Street.


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5055 State St
Salem, OR 97317
$1,500 House for Rent Available Now
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1130 E St NE
Salem, OR 97301
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