oregon territory 1855, when the territorial capital was briefly located in Corvallis. When oregon became a state it switched to oregon city. After a vote, salem became the new capital. It became the capital because of the mass population growing in the Willamette valley.What are the demographics of Salem Oregon?
Salem demographics profile. The median age in Salem is 35 which is approximately 12% lower than the Oregon average of 39. In Salem, 51% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 79% speak English and 16% speak Spanish. 50% of Salem residents were born in Oregon, 37% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 11% were foreign born.Is Salem Oregon's Capital?
Salem, with a population of 168,970, is Oregon's state capital and the third largest city. Salem is also the county seat of Marion County, but a small portion contained within its corporate limits of 44 square miles lies across the Willamette River in Polk County.