Salem is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,287 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 267th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Salem is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (9.80%), management occupations (8.02%), and sales jobs (7.90%).
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Salem is worth considering.
One of the benefits of Salem is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.20 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Salem rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.20% of adults 25 and older in Salem have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $22,214, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,856 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Irish, English, Polish, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.