Salem is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 25,862 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 (16.78%), sales jobs (9.71%), and management occupations (8.66%).
In addition, Salem is a college town. There are a lot of students in Salem attending college, and as a result Salem provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
The overall education level of Salem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.74% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $30,141, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,564 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 German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.