Salem, VA

Salem profile

Living in Salem

Salem is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 25,301 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 36th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Salem isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Salem are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (12.25%), sales jobs (10.12%), and management occupations (8.62%).

Salem is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Salem enrolled in college, Salem has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

The overall education level of Salem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.91% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $31,924, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,696 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Salem is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Salem include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.