These Are The 10 Best Salem Suburbs For 2018

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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Salem for 2018:

  1. Sublimity (Photos | Homes)
  2. Dundee (Photos | Homes)
  3. Wilsonville (Photos | Homes)
  4. Canby (Photos | Homes)
  5. Silverton (Photos | Homes)
  6. Molalla (Photos | Homes)
  7. Keizer (Photos | Homes)
  8. Newberg (Photos | Homes)
  9. Corvallis (Photos | Homes)
  10. Turner (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Sublimity, 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.

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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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 26 suburbs to evaluate around Salem.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 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, Sublimity.

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.

1. Sublimity

Sublimity, Oregon

Population: 2,845
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $234,500
Median Income: $52,188
More on Sublimity: Real Estate | Data

Sublimity is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salem area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Sublimity.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $52,188 a year, which is the 12th highest in the Salem region. And only 4.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $234,500 each.

2. Dundee

Dundee, Oregon

Population: 3,203
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $232,600
Median Income: $67,194
More on Dundee: Real Estate | Data

Dundee is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Salem for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 8.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

3. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, Oregon

Population: 21,814
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $349,800
Median Income: $63,097
More on Wilsonville: Real Estate | Data

Here in Wilsonville, 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 Wilsonville.

4. Canby

Canby, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 17,218
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $256,900
Median Income: $62,035
More on Canby: Real Estate | Data

Canby ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salem for 2018.

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

5. Silverton

Silverton, Oregon

Population: 9,585
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%
Median Home Price: $230,500
Median Income: $59,904
More on Silverton: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Silverton.

Silverton gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Salem area, where houses sell for an average of $230,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Molalla

Molalla, Oregon

Population: 8,867
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $207,200
Median Income: $55,082
More on Molalla: Real Estate | Data

Molalla 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 6.5% which is 6th best in the area.

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

7. Keizer

Keizer, Oregon

Population: 37,497
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Median Home Price: $203,600
Median Income: $56,832
More on Keizer: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Keizer.

Keizer 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 5.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Newberg

Newberg, Oregon

Population: 22,749
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $228,000
Median Income: $53,075
More on Newberg: Real Estate | Data

Newberg 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 9.3% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Corvallis

Corvallis, Oregon

Population: 55,766
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $276,900
Median Income: $43,922
More on Corvallis: Real Estate | Data

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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.

10. Turner

Turner, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,304
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%
Median Home Price: $207,700
Median Income: $61,667
More on Turner: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Turner.

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 2018

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Salem Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Sublimity 2,845 4.3% $234,500 $52,188
2 Dundee 3,203 4.2% $232,600 $67,194
3 Wilsonville 21,814 6.8% $349,800 $63,097
4 Canby 17,218 5.4% $256,900 $62,035
5 Silverton 9,585 8.3% $230,500 $59,904
6 Molalla 8,867 6.5% $207,200 $55,082
7 Keizer 37,497 8.2% $203,600 $56,832
8 Newberg 22,749 6.6% $228,000 $53,075
9 Corvallis 55,766 8.1% $276,900 $43,922
10 Turner 2,304 11.8% $207,700 $61,667
11 Dallas 15,175 11.2% $179,400 $51,349
12 Hubbard 3,268 8.0% $178,800 $58,550
13 Aumsville 3,899 9.0% $156,700 $47,568
14 Lafayette 3,885 6.4% $170,400 $54,811
15 Monmouth 9,919 6.8% $198,100 $35,295
16 Mount Angel 3,429 3.2% $190,100 $41,607
17 Dayton 2,567 10.0% $172,300 $54,375
18 Albany 51,919 10.1% $179,900 $50,135
19 Jefferson 3,207 7.8% $171,600 $51,556
20 Mcminnville 33,724 10.3% $200,800 $47,460
21 Gervais 2,591 12.6% $136,300 $51,715
22 Independence 8,982 11.8% $150,300 $42,746
23 Lebanon 16,162 8.8% $143,100 $37,201
24 Woodburn 24,765 9.6% $157,900 $44,228
25 Stayton 7,875 13.1% $195,700 $42,178
26 Sheridan 6,054 15.8% $153,000 $40,882

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