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Salem, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Salem had a population of 2,554 as of July 1, 2015. Salem ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Salem is located at latitude 39.2849 and longitude -80.5645 in Harrison County. 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. Harrison County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,050 feet.

The City of Salem (GNIS ID: 2390648) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Salem is located within Southwest District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Harrison County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salem: New Salem.

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Salem, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 2,554
Population in Households 2,362
Population in Familes 1,805
Population in Group Qrtrs 192
Population Density1 1,909
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 1,086
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 656
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,224 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 653 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 433 (35.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 138 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $79,822
Average Home Value $86,430


Median Household Income $28,111
Average Household Income $41,192
Per Capita Income $17,164
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 9.5% 3.52%
Households 9.89% 3.76%
Families 10.74% 3.68%
Median Household Income   2.67%
Per Capita Income   2.77%
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, 2015 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 # 59 86th
Diversity Index2 # 83 80th
Median Household Income # 356 11th
Per Capita Income # 331 18th

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