Salem is a very small city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,522 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 111th largest community in West Virginia. Salem has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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 sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (17.66%), sales jobs (10.68%), and healthcare suport services (8.12%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.69% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
Salem’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
The education level of Salem citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.39% of adults in Salem have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $21,025, which is middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,100 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.