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Salem, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Salem had a population of 1,656 as of July 1, 2017. Salem ranks in the upper quartile for 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salem: New Salem.

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Salem, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,656
Daytime Population: Workers 556
Daytime Population: Residents 1,009
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,565
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.95
Population in Households 1,481
Population in Familes 1,125
Population in Group Qrtrs 175
Population Density2 1,238
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $30,214
Average Household Income $44,047
Per Capita Income $19,336


Total Housing Units 856 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 408 (47.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 285 (33.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 163 (19.0%)
Median Home Value $74,145
Average Home Value $97,850


Total Households 693
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 414
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.6% 0.16%
Households 0.63% 0.17%
Families 1.04% 0.05%
Median Household Income   1.8%
Per Capita Income   2.7%

Salem, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 95 77th
Population Density # 122 70th
Diversity Index # 86 79th
Median Household Income # 344 15th
Per Capita Income # 303 25th

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