Best Retirement City - Salem

See why many believe that Salem is the best city to retire

Located in wine country, Salem, OR is a friendly community of just over 157,000 people. As capital of the state, Salem has a rich history that dates back to the state's first explorers. Individuals that reside in Salem enjoy small-town charm combined with big-city livability thanks to rich farmland throughout the city, as well as many shopping centers, restaurants, and galleries that add the appeal that fit the needs of many retirees. Be sure to explore the annual art festival held each July in Salem. More than 19 communities exist in Salem, each offering its own special characteristics that add individuality. Labish Village is one desirable community in Salem, with homes averaging a sales price of $119,465. The Sunnyside/Rosedale community is a second desirable neighborhood for retirees. This community provides lavish homes with average price tags of $404,004.

City Highlights

  1. Located in the heart of wine country
  2. 19 beautiful neighborhoods
  3. Lots of senior activities
  4. Within a few hours of beaches or mountains

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Wet, rainy weather
  2. Not tax friendly

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 46,273

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Portland, OR

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Portland International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Portland International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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