Salem, OH
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Salem is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 12,003 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 147th largest community in Ohio. Salem has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (13.46%), sales jobs (10.95%), and food service (9.38%).

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

In terms of college education, the citizens of Salem rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.12% 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 $22,815, which is middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $91,260 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, Italian, English, and Polish.

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