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.

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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in food service (11.87%), sales jobs (10.16%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).

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.

Salem is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

In Salem, just 8.10% 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 $20,468, 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 $81,872 for a family of four. Salem also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.31% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 Dutch.

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

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