The 10 Worst Salem Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Salem suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Salem.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Salem.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Salem 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Salem area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Salem proper, although Sublimity certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Salem are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 28 biggest suburbs of Salem to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in oregon lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Salem in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Salem for 2021:

  1. Willamina
  2. Lebanon
  3. Sheridan
  4. Jefferson
  5. Woodburn
  6. Monmouth
  7. Independence
  8. Hubbard
  9. Gervais
  10. Albany

What's the worst suburb of Salem? Willamina ranks as the worst suburb of Salem for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Salem that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in oregon check out the best places in oregon overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Salem too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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