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Salem is the capital of the state of Oregon in the United States of America, and county seat of Marion County. The district of West Salem lies in Polk County. It is located in the mid-Willamette Valley, between Portland and Eugene, in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. As of July 1, 2005 it had a population of 147,250, with a metro area population of nearly 400,000, making it the second largest city, and second largest metropolitan area in Oregon (after Portland).
"Salem" is derived from the Arabic word "Salam" and the Hebrew word "Shalom", both meaning "peace". Historically, Salem has been nicknamed the "Cherry City", because of the importance of the local cherry growing industryWikipedia