These Are The 10 Best Salem Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 26 places around Salem to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Salem suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Salem are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Wilsonville, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Salem ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about Oregon:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Salem for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Salem was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Salem.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 27 suburbs to evaluate around Salem.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Salem.” We’re lookin’ at you, Wilsonville.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Wilsonville, OR

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Population: 22,789
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $67,694
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
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Wilsonville is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salem area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Wilsonville.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $67,694 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Salem region. And only 5.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $374,800 each.

Canby, OR

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Population: 17,337
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $66,220
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
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Canby is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Salem for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 7.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 12th best.

Sublimity, OR

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Population: 2,876
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $59,600
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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Here in Sublimity, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Salem metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Sublimity.

Dundee, OR

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Population: 3,205
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $75,663
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Dundee ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salem for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Dundee and the schools are some of the best around.

Silverton, OR

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Population: 9,757
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,603
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Silverton.

Silverton gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Salem area, where houses sell for an average of $247,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Review Of Silverton by HomeSnacks User

I love the cute town of Silverton Oregon. It’s right next to Silver Falls State Park, a forested canyon with over ten waterfalls. It was nice to be in nature and, afterwards, to stop at the grocery store in town for a bite to eat.

Silverton is small and easy to navigate. The city park is great for kids and some of the buildings in old part of town have murals. The grocery store in town, Roth’s, has an awesome deli where you can get delicious sandwiches.

Keizer, OR

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Population: 37,910
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,722
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 13.8%
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Keizer is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 6.6% which is 10th best in the area.

According to online reports, Keizer is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Salem area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Molalla, OR

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Population: 8,987
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,542
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Molalla.

Molalla schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 26.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Turner, OR

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Population: 2,221
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $64,511
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Poverty Rate: 13.0%
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Turner is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.0% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Newberg, OR

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Population: 22,898
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,910
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 17.0%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Newberg?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Corvallis, OR

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Population: 56,224
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,285
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 27.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Corvallis.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Salem ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Salem, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Salem Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Wilsonville 22,789 $67,694
2 Canby 17,337 $66,220
3 Sublimity 2,876 $59,600
4 Dundee 3,205 $75,663
5 Silverton 9,757 $60,603
6 Keizer 37,910 $60,722
7 Molalla 8,987 $57,542
8 Turner 2,221 $64,511
9 Newberg 22,898 $56,910
10 Corvallis 56,224 $46,285
11 Dallas 15,413 $54,534
12 Hubbard 3,321 $60,338
13 Lafayette 3,992 $57,188
14 Albany 52,007 $54,275
15 Mcminnville 33,211 $50,299
16 Mount Angel 3,453 $50,703
17 Monmouth 9,983 $36,748
18 Dayton 2,597 $54,265
19 Aumsville 3,974 $46,919
20 Jefferson 3,238 $54,515
21 Sheridan 6,049 $47,372
22 Stayton 7,927 $49,571
23 Independence 9,246 $48,283
24 Woodburn 25,067 $47,042
25 Gervais 2,629 $51,841
26 Lebanon 16,336 $40,195
27 Willamina 2,188 $50,174

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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