Salem, VA
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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%).

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.

In terms of college education, Salem is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 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.