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Salem, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Salem had a population of 25,959 as of July 1, 2016. Salem ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Salem is located at latitude 37.2853 and longitude -80.0552 in Salem (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Salem (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Salem (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,066 feet.

The City of Salem (GNIS ID: 1789074) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salem: Fauquier.


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Salem, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)

POPULATION

Total Population 25,959
Population in Households 23,966
Population in Familes 18,610
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,993
Population Density1 1,798
Diversity Index2 30
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 10,364
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 6,451
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 11,174 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,656 (59.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,707 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 810 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $171,974
Average Home Value $210,584
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $48,751
Average Household Income $67,892
Per Capita Income $29,533
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.48%
Households 0.5% 0.46%
Families 0.35% 0.36%
Median Household Income   -1.85%
Per Capita Income   0.86%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Salem, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 41 93rd
Population Density1 # 145 76th
Diversity Index2 # 401 33rd
Median Household Income # 301 49th
Per Capita Income # 202 66th

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