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Salem, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Salem is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Harrison County at latitude 39.2849 and longitude -80.5645. Harrison County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,050 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Salem, but most people and references simply refer to it as Salem, West Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Salem indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Salem (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.34 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salem: New Salem.

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Salem, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,487
Population in Households 2,292
Population in Familes 1,748
Population in Group Qrtrs 195
Population Density1 1,859
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 1,051
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 635
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,171 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 630 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 421 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 120 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $71,581
Average Home Value $75,000


Median Household Income $28,861
Average Household Income $40,645
Per Capita Income $16,820
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 11.17% 3.12%
Households 11.49% 3.4%
Families 12.56% 3.25%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   2.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Salem, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 67 84th
Population Density1 # 62 85th
Diversity Index2 # 81 81st
Median Household Income # 332 17th
Per Capita Income # 343 15th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.