Salem spans 47 square miles and is east, around an hour from the Cascade mountains and west an hour from the ocean beaches.  The population stands at around 147,215 and the growth rate is approximately 1.5% per annum.  In terms of business opportunity, it is a good place for land development and also has a very high quality of life.  As well, it’s a good place to with over 13 universities and colleges within a 70-mile radius of the city.  Culturally it is a rich city too with many tourist attractions, restaurants, sports and arts fairs, gardens, orchards, vineyards, etc.  It is also a great place to visit for wine lovers.