Salem, VA
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Salem is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 25,432 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 36th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Salem is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salem is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (15.49%), sales jobs (13.27%), and management occupations (8.89%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Salem, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Salem provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Salem spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.95 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Salem citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.67% of adults in Salem have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $27,559, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,236 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Salem is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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