West Salem is a very small village located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 1,487 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Salem is the 498th largest community in Ohio.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, West Salem is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 41.74% of the West Salem workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, West Salem is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in West Salem who work in office and administrative support (14.53%), food service (12.82%), and sales jobs (7.12%).
The population of West Salem has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 5.05% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in West Salem in 2010 was $17,908, which is low income relative to Ohio, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,632 for a family of four. However, West Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call West Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Salem include English, Irish, Polish, and Czech.
The most common language spoken in West Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.