The capital of Oregon is Salem. The city is in the heart of the Willamette Valley, and it is the county seat of Marion County.
Salem has a population of about 155,000 as of the 2010 census, making it the third-largest city in Oregon. The city hosts a farmer's market each Saturday from May through October near the capitol building. Salem is known for its support of arts and culture. It hosts the annual Salem Art Fair and Festival and the Bite of Salem, where restaurants offer tasting menus. The city's higher-education offerings include Chemekata Community College, Corban University and Willamette University.