Salem is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 25,643 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 36th largest community in Virginia.
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 city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (12.76%), management occupations (9.17%), and sales jobs (9.00%).
Also of interest is that Salem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Salem is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Salem enrolled in college, Salem has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
The education level of Salem citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.07% of adults in Salem have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Salem in 2010 was $31,274, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $125,096 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 Langs. of India and Spanish.