The 10 Best Salem Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Salem suburbs are Lafayette and Millersburg for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Salem offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Salem. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Salem without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Salem are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Salem area.

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What’s the best suburb of Salem? Lafayette ranks as the best suburb of Salem for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Lafayette, 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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The 10 Best Salem Suburbs To Live For 2024

Lafayette, OR

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Population: 4,391
Median Income: $93,243
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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Lafayette is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salem area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Lafayette.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $93,243 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Salem region. And only 4.65% are out of work. Homes average more than $426,274 each.

Review Of Lafayette by HomeSnacks User

Crime is normal, schools are pretty good! I love this town now, although I did not use to. The community here is amazing. It takes a village to raise a family and I have that here.

The community is amazing! But have a security system because there is a few town hoodlums who like to cause trouble.

2. Millersburg, OR

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Population: 2,964
Median Income: $119,148
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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Millersburg is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Salem for 2024.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 7.64% of residents lack insurance, good for 18th best.

3. Sublimity, OR

Sublimity, OR

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Population: 2,945
Median Income: $74,875
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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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.

Newberg, OR

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Population: 25,379
Median Income: $87,873
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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Newberg ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salem for 2024.

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

5. Turner, OR

Turner, OR

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Population: 2,792
Median Income: $101,292
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Turner.

Turner gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Salem area, where houses sell for an average of $555,790. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Canby, OR

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Population: 18,127
Median Income: $91,823
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Canby 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 3.11%.

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

Dundee, OR

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Population: 3,224
Median Income: $98,152
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Dundee.

Dundee 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 24.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Wilsonville, OR

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Population: 25,992
Median Income: $83,210
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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Wilsonville 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 5.77% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

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Population: 4,219
Median Income: $85,636
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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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.

Molalla, OR

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Population: 10,147
Median Income: $77,442
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Molalla.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Salem for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Salem was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

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 29 suburbs to evaluate around Salem.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 29 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

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

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

This result may differ from our state-wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Salem suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Salem ‘Burbs of 2024

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.

The best suburbs of Salem are .

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

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Table: Best Salem Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 Lafayette, OR 4,391 $93,243 $426,274
2 Millersburg, OR 2,964 $119,148 $563,434
3 Sublimity, OR 2,945 $74,875 $544,981
4 Newberg, OR 25,379 $87,873 $519,518
5 Turner, OR 2,792 $101,292 $555,790
6 Canby, OR 18,127 $91,823 $566,045
7 Dundee, OR 3,224 $98,152 $571,189
8 Wilsonville, OR 25,992 $83,210 $637,996
9 Aumsville, OR 4,219 $85,636 $461,119
10 Molalla, OR 10,147 $77,442 $478,905
11 Keizer, OR 39,122 $75,753 $434,715
12 Silverton, OR 10,439 $75,167 $518,976
13 Hubbard, OR 3,427 $89,016 $484,033
14 Carlton, OR 2,339 $92,500 $536,434
15 Stayton, OR 8,210 $72,639 $434,159
16 Monmouth, OR 11,054 $61,282 $446,850
17 Dallas, OR 16,945 $67,935 $447,818
18 Corvallis, OR 60,050 $61,610 $530,933
19 Independence, OR 9,981 $73,361 $395,971
20 Mcminnville, OR 34,432 $65,318 $466,521
21 Jefferson, OR 3,324 $87,604 $426,346
22 Gervais, OR 2,605 $86,875 $406,186
23 Albany, OR 56,348 $69,777 $413,665
24 Sheridan, OR 6,237 $56,989 $378,924
25 Woodburn, OR 26,222 $58,916 $403,723
26 Dayton, OR 2,677 $76,014 $495,587
27 Mount Angel, OR 3,413 $54,583 $454,344
28 Willamina, OR 2,287 $54,310 $338,479
29 Lebanon, OR 18,587 $53,246 $377,909
About Chris Kolmar

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