Why live and work in the Salem area?

Salem is Oregon’s state capital, but it’s also home to great schools, a vibrant riverfront and some of the best wineries in the state. Because of Salem’s ideal location, in less than an hour you could be on the beach, atop a snow-capped mountain or enjoying Portland’s energetic downtown scene.


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Excellent quality of life

Located in the mid-Willamette Valley, Salem is the perfect community in which to live and raise a family.



Easy access to recreational and cultural activities

Outdoor sports, breathtaking views, shopping, music, art and theater are all right here, or close enough to visit in a day or for the weekend.



Great place to build a career

As Oregon’s second-largest city and third-fastest-growing area in the state, Salem offers health care professionals excellent growth potential.