Salem is the county seat of Marion County and is also the state capital of the state of Oregon. It is located just south of Portland, the state\’s largest city, along the banks of the Willamette River. The river itself forms the county boundary and is the division between Salem and West Salem, a suburb of the city located in neighboring Polk County. As of 2008 the city had an estimated population of just over 154,000, marking a slight increase since the last official census was taken in 2000.

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The city was first founded by trappers in 1812; the site was used mostly as a trading post until an actual town was founded in 1840, and was originally a Methodist missionary church before it was dissolved two years later and Salem was started. After the territory\’s capital was moved from Oregon City to Salem, it was incorporated in 1851 and the city has grown by leaps and bounds since.

Salem lies entirely within the Marine west climate zone (as does much of western Oregon), and it is characterized by warm summers and cool winters. Typical average highs during the summer months peak at 80 degrees, while typical lows drop to around 58 or so; during the winter, however, high temperatures of around 47 are normal, while lows close to the freezing point are standard.

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Salem Zip Codes Include:

97301, 97302, 97303, 97305, 97306, 97308, 97309, 97310, 97311, 97312, 97314, 97317