Salem, a medium-size city in Oregon, has a population of approximately 163,000. The city's residents, at an average age of just over 37, are younger than most cities in Oregon. Homeowners are slightly more common than renters in Salem by a narrow 53%-47% margin. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the city boasts a relatively low average rent of $940/month. Over the course of a year, renters in Salem will save around $1,600 compared to the state average.
Salem residents have an average commute of about 24 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the typical mode of getting to work, opted for by 38% of residents, while public transit isn't extensively used. Walking isn't a common method of commuting to work.
Among residents older than 25 in Salem, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 6% have a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are two primary industries in Salem: healthcare and retail. Together, these industries account for 13% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Salem workers earn an average annual income of around $64K, around $7,000 less than the average Oregon resident. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345.
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