Salem, MO
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Salem is a very small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 4,992 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 135th largest community in Missouri.

Salem is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (10.33%), sales jobs (9.79%), and healthcare (8.46%).

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Salem has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Salem has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Salem than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Salem may be for you.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.19 minutes getting to work every day.

Being a small city, Salem does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Salem, just 7.21% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $19,356, which is middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,424 for a family of four.

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, English, French , and Scottish.

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

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