Stayton has the 2888th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Stayton is part of the Salem metro area. Unemployment in the Salem area is 4%, which is the same as the national average, and is getting better. Salem has the 158th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Stayton is below average at $44,590, and the median cost of a home in Stayton is $185,600, which is above the national average. 16% of workers in Stayton hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 82% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Stayton. 73% of Stayton workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 14% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Stayton spend an average of 18 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.