Salem, Oregon is sometimes called “The Cherry City” and is famed not only for its cherry growing history, but also for various iconic attractions, such as the Oregon State Capitol building with its Art Deco design, housing the state legislature and the offices of the governor, and the Bush's Pasture Park, a public park and botanical garden with the Bush House Museum. Salem is the capital of Oregon and is found in the Willamette Valley. The Willamette River runs through the north of the city and is used as the boundary between the Marion County, which most of Salem falls under, and the Polk County, home of West Salem. Salem is home to two universities and its two biggest employers are the State of Oregon and Salem Health. If you’re one of the 155,000 or so people living in Salem but have moved to the town from overseas, you may be interested in joining an expatriate community such as InterNations.
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Salem has come a long way since its early days as a farming community. It is the capital of Oregon and made its name during the time of the California gold rush. The current State Capitol building was finished in 1938 and had two predecessors, which burnt down. People planning upon moving to Salem in Oregon from abroad or those expats already living in the city Salem may be interested in what InterNations has to offer. Our online expat community with its various discussion groups and forums is the ideal place for expats living in Salem or another foreign city to socialize and network with fellow expatriates and global minds located in Oregon and around the world. Plus, our Expat Magazine further supplements this with articles designed to offer advice on all issues affecting expatriates.
The weather in Salem is generally dryer than that of nearby cities such as Portland, though it can become rather icy during the winter months. Entertainment options for any expatriate working in Salem are plentiful, with a number of cinemas to be found there as well as the Salem Armory venue which is noted for offering concerts all the way through the year. There are many different walking trails around the waterfront and craft fairs often take place through the summer. Retails fans are catered for by establishments such as the Lancaster Mall, and you can use the various rivers and creeks in the area for swimming. There are enough activities to keep you entertained all year round while you’re working in Salem, Oregon.