Salem, NY

Salem profile

Living in Salem

Salem is a tiny town located in the state of New York. With a population of 811 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 798th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Salem was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (29.31%), teaching (13.50%), and management occupations (12.61%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.30% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Salem’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town 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.

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

The overall education level of Salem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.47% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $35,175, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,700 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Salem include Irish, German, French, Scots-Irish, and Polish.

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