Salem is the capital of Oregon and is the third largest city in the State after Portland and Eugene. Salem is in an ideal location: it is less than one hour away from Portland and is often times considered an option for those willing to commute via Amtrak into Portland for employment.
This 503 area code city boasts many cultural events throughout the year. The cultural events include the Salem Film Festival, Mid-Valley Video Festival, World Beat Festival, the Salem Art Fair, Oregon Wine and Food Festival, The Bite of Salem Festival, and the largest event is the Oregon State Fair held within city limits. The Oregon State Fair includes carnival rides, concerts, horse shows, rodeos, exhibits, and competitions.
One point of interest in Salemís history is that several efforts have been made by residents in the area to hire lawyers to file a case to extend free speech limits. This is because of the success of such an effort in Portland. Currently most cases filed have been dismissed on various grounds. Due to this effort by very few residents in Salem many constitutional scholars and lawyers have made Salem their permanent place of residence.