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1.23% growth
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Median Household Income
4.1% growth
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Number of Employees
4.7% growth
Median Property Value
3.34% growth

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The economy of Salem, OR employs 71,731 people. The economy of Salem, OR is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Public Admin.; and Management of Companies & Enterprises, which employ respectively 4.77; 2.12; and 1.56 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Salem, OR are Healthcare & Social Assistance (10,838), Retail trade (8,135), and Public Admin. (7,130), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,537), Transportation & Warehousing ($41,556), and Finance & Insurance ($41,012).

Median household income in Salem, OR is $49,126. Males in Salem, OR have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,344. The income inequality of Salem, OR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Salem, OR. In Marion County, OR the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 73 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,412. Jefferson County, OR has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Oregon.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Salem, OR is from the county of Marion County, OR.

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Salem, OR is home to a population of 161,975 people, from which 92.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Salem, OR is composed of 111,483 White residents (68.8%), 35,163 Hispanic residents (21.7%), 5,742 Two+ residents (3.54%), 4,537 Asian residents (2.8%), and 2,077 Black residents (1.28%). The most common foreign languages in Salem, OR are Spanish (24,867 speakers), Other Pacific Island (1,157 speakers), and Russian (961 speakers), but compared to other places, Salem, OR has a relative high number of Other Pacific Island (1,157 speakers), Russian (961 speakers), and Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (236 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Salem, OR awarded 1,166 degrees. The student population of Salem, OR is skewed towards females, with 503 male students and 663 female students. Most students in Salem, OR are White (788 and 67.6%), followed by Unknown (90 and 7.72%), Hispanic or Latino (81 and 6.95%), and Two or more races (56 and 4.8%). The largest universities in Salem, OR by number of graduates are Willamette University (784 and 67.2%), Corban University (275 and 23.6%), and ITT Technical Institute-Salem (50 and 4.29%). The most popular majors in Salem, OR are General Psychology (81 and 6.95%), General Economics (56 and 4.8%), and General Business Administration & Management (54 and 4.63%). The median tuition costs in Salem, OR are N/A for private four year colleges, and $46,900 and $46,900 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Salem, OR is $188,900, which is 0.92 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $182,800 to $188,900, a 3.34% increase. The homeownership rate of Salem, OR is 52.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Salem, OR have an average commute time of 20.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Salem, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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