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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in Salem, Oregon

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Where to Retire in Salem and Home Prices

There are 19 different neighborhood associations in the City. in addition there are some active adult and 55+ communities in Salem (see link at top left).  The National Association of Realtors reports the median price of homes during the 2nd quarter of 2021 was $403,700.

What Is Special about Salem

The state capitol of Oregon is in Salem. Huge park system with trails for hikers, bikers, and horses.  Year round festivals including the Oregon State Fair. At least 3 colleges including Willamette College, Chemeketa Community College, and Corban College.

What Is Not Special about Salem

Property taxes are high because much of the land is government (federal, state, county, city) owned and not taxed. Salem is one of the cloudiest and rainiest places in the country. While it is the capital, it doesn't seem to have the life that Eugene or Portland have.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average July high temperature is 82 and the average January high is 47 (the average low is 33). The wettest month is December (6.5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Salem's cultural resources include the Mission Mill Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art,  and the Elsinore Theatre. The Oregon Symphony plays 10 classical concerts in Salem each year.  The annual Salem Art Fair and Festival is a big event. In addition the local colleges have cultural events.

Crime

The crime rate is slightly below average.

Medical Facilities

Salem Hospital serves the community.

Transportation

Salem has local bus service with connections to Portland. Amtrak has daily service from Salem. The Salem Municipal Airport serves private aviation. The Portland Airport is the nearest big airport.

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