Salem – Oregon – Resources

Moving to Salem? Here are some resources to help you get settled!

The Basics:

Salem is the capital of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk counties, and the city neighborhood of West Salem is in Polk County. Salem had a population of 154,637 at the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in the state after Portland and Eugene.


Salem’s public elementary and secondary schools are part of the Salem-Keizer School District which has approximately 39,000 students and is the second largest public school district in the state. The city also has many private elementary and secondary schools such as Blanchet Catholic School and Salem Academy Christian. Salem is also home to several public boarding schools, the Chemawa Indian School a Native American high school and the Oregon School for the Deaf.

Post secondary schools include Chemeketa Community CollegeCorban UniversityTokyo International University of America and Willamette University, the oldest university in the American west. Portland State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University and Oregon State University provide classes and a handful of undergraduate degrees at Chemeketa Community College.

Public Transportation:

Salem-Keizer Transit (“Cherriots”), an independent government agency, provides fixed-route bus service, rideshare matching, and paratransit/lift services for the disabled, within the urban growth boundary.


Electrical ‎(2)

PGEWebsite800.542.8818Mail payments to:
PO Box 4438
Portland OR 97208
Salem ElectricWebsite503.362.3601PO Box 5588
633 7th Street NW
Salem OR 97304-0055


Allied Waste of SalemWebsite503.363.88901890 16th Avenue SE
Salem OR 97302
Suburban Garbage ServicesWebsite503.362.49496075 State Street
Salem OR 97301
Garbage Information Service – Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling AssociationWebsite503.390.4000
Valley Recycling & DisposalWebsite503.585.43002515 Salem/Dallas Highway
Salem OR 97304
Buck’s Sanitary ServiceWebsite503.371.8821
Loren’s Sanitation Services503.393.22621141 Chemawa Road N
Keizer OR 97303
D & O Garbage503.363.79231140 Boone Road SE
Salem OR 97302
Pacific Sanitation Inc.503.393.1031PO Box 17669
Salem OR 97305

Gas ‎(1)

North West Natural GasWebsite800.422.4012NW Natural
P.O. Box 6017
Portland, Oregon 97228-6017

Internet ‎(3)

CenturyLink – DSLWebsite503.315.9883740 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Comcast – CableWebsite503.540.3246831 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem OR 97301
Exede – SatelliteWebsite855.627.2553

Phone ‎(6)

Verizon WirelessWebsite503.316.1919
Sprint PCSWebsite503.588.5693
ComcastWebsite503.540.3246831 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem OR 97301
Complete Wireless SolutionsWebsite
CenturyLinkWebsite503.315.9883740 State St.
Salem, OR 97301

Television ‎(4)

Comcast – CableWebsite503.540.3246831 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem OR 97301
Dish Network – SatelliteWebsite503.315.0759402 Center Street NE
Salem OR 97301
Northstar Satellite LLC – Satellite503.585.03324869 Northstar Court NE
Salem OR 97305
DirectTV – SatelliteWebsite1-877-644-1928311 Kearney St SE
Salem Oregon 97302