Population (2011): 318,150
Established: July 5, 1843
Elev. at Salem: 154'
Area: 1,194 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 39.3° July 66.3°
Assessed Value: $20,218,793,942
Real Market Value: $32,586,520,234
Annual Precipitation: 40.35"
Economy: Government, agriculture, food processing, forest products, manufacturing, education and tourism
Aumsville | Aurora | Detroit | Donald | Gates | Gervais | Hubbard | Idanha | Jefferson | Keizer | Mill City | Mt. Angel | Salem | Scotts Mills | Silverton | St. Paul | Stayton | Sublimity | Turner | Woodburn
Points of interest
State Capitol, Champoeg State Park, Silver Falls State Park, The Oregon Garden, Wheatland Ferry, Buena Vista Ferry, Detroit Dam and Santiam River, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Mt. Angel Abbey, food processing plants, Willamette University, Chemeketa Community College, Mission Mill Museum Village, Bush House, Deepwood House and the Gilbert House Children’s Museum
History and general information
Marion County, then called Champooick, was created by the Provisional Government in 1843, 16 years before Oregon gained statehood. In 1849, the name was changed to Marion in honor of General Francis Marion.
The county, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, has the Willamette River as its western boundary and the Cascade Range on the east. Salem, the county seat, is one of the valley’s oldest cities. Among its public buildings are the Marion County Courthouse, State Capitol, Capitol Mall buildings and Salem Civic Center. The county was presided over by the Marion County Court until January 1, 1963, when the court was abolished and replaced by a Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners—Sam Brentano (R) 2017, Janet Carlson (R) 2015, Patricia Milne (R) 2015; Dist. Atty. Walter Beglau 2015; Assess. Tom Rohlfing 2017; Clerk Bill Burgess 2017; Justices of the Peace Steven R. Summers 2015, Janice D. Zyrynoff 2017; Sheriff Jason Myers 2015; Surv. Mark Riggins; Treas. Laurie Steele 2015;
Co. Admin. John Lattimer