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Salem, Oregon (OR)

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Where is the Capital of Oregon?
The Map of Oregon (OR) shows the location of the state capital in the "Beaver State". Oregon has 36 counties, and the capital of the State is Salem. On a map, the capital city is always indicated by a star. Interesting fun facts about Salem including its history, location, county, current population, size of the city and the nickname of Salem, Oregon.


The Map of Oregon and map provides an outline of the state, which covers 98,386 square miles. The size of the state's capital city, Salem, is 48.45 square miles. Test your recognition skills of the map of the state, and knowledge of its capital, with our State Maps Quiz Game.

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Where is Salem located?
The location of Salem is by the Willamette River southwest of Portland, in the central west of the state about 80 km east of Oregon's coast to the Pacific Ocean. The city is located in Marion county, Oregon.

Capital of Oregon - Salem
Each of the 50 states have their own capital city. The city of Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon. The capital does not have to be the largest city in the state, but is usually centrally located either geographically or by population.

The capital is the prominent city, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of the state where the state legislature, senate, governor, mayor and other state offices are located.

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Where is Oregon? (OR)

The State of Oregon is located in the north west United States in the Pacific Northwest.


History & Facts on Salem, the Capital of Oregon
The History and Fast, fun facts about Salem, the capital city of the "Beaver State":

History & Facts about Salem, Oregon - Fast Fact Sheet
Fact 1: The Capital of the State is Salem although the largest city is Portland
Fact 2: The population of the capital city - 157,429. Nickname "The Cherry City"

Fact 3: The state covers 98,386 square miles and the size of the capital is 48.45 square miles

Fact 4: It is the county seat of Marion county

Fact 5 on History: Salem was founded in 1840 and became a boomtown when many pioneers and settlers travelled through the area on the Oregon trail.

Fact 6 on History: It took the average wagon train 6 months to travel the 2,000 mile route from Independence, Mo., to the Columbia River region of Oregon called the Oregon Trail

Fact 7 on History: It became the state capital in 1859.

Fact 8 on History: It was an early river port whose growth was further stimulated by rail connections in the 1870s. Although wagon trains decreased the Oregon Trail was still used by cowboys herding cattle across the state

Fact 9 on History: There were many famous disputes between the cowboys and the farmers, especially in the saloons in the city

Facts about the Population of Salem, Oregon
The number of people, or the population of the capital city of Salem, obviously changes constantly but the government statistics for the 2012 population of Salem was 157,429, which provides a good indication of the number of inhabitants of the city.

Salem, Oregon - Homework Help for Kids
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Capital of Oregon - Salem

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