Salem, VA

Census Place

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2022 Population
25,372
0.146% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.8
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
9.62%
3.41% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$68,402
2.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$231,900
12.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
12,483
1.78% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Salem, VA had a population of 25.4k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $68,402. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Salem, VA grew from 25,335 to 25,372, a 0.146% increase and its median household income grew from $66,472 to $68,402, a 2.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Salem, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.08%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.77%), and White (Hispanic) (1.58%).

None of the households in Salem, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.6% of the residents in Salem, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Salem, VA are Roanoke College (233426) (477 degrees awarded in 2022) and American National University (256 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Salem, VA was $231,900, and the homeownership rate was 64%.

Most people in Salem, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Salem, VA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Salem, VA is home to a population of 25.4k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.13% of Salem, VA residents were born outside of the country (1.05k people).

In 2022, there were 10.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.2k people) in Salem, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.98k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 527 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Salem, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Salem, VA was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Salem, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.2k ± 157
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.98k ± 199
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    527 ± 191
3.77%
Hispanic Population
957 people

In 2022, there were 10.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.2k people) in Salem, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.98k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 527 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.77% of the people in Salem, VA are hispanic (957 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    107,605 ± 8,003 people
  2. India
    98,735 ± 7,670 people
  3. Mexico
    59,855 ± 5,986 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,605 Virginia residents, followed by India with 98,735 and Mexico with 59,855.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.13%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.05k people
3.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
962 people

As of 2022, 4.13% of Salem, VA residents (1.05k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Salem, VA was 3.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    431 ± 128
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    349 ± 136
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    235 ± 108

Salem, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Salem, VA employs 12.5k people. The largest industries in Salem, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,230 people), Educational Services (1,576 people), and Manufacturing (1,329 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($65,417), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,019), and Information ($58,182).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,674. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

12.5k
2022 Value
± 852
−1.78%
1 Year decline
± 9.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Salem, VA declined at a rate of −1.78%, from 12.7k employees to 12.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Salem, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,571 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,216 people), and Management Occupations (1,213 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Salem, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

12.5k
2022 Value
± 852
−1.78%
1 Year decline
± 9.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Salem, VA declined at a rate of −1.78%, from 12.7k employees to 12.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Salem, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,230 people), Educational Services (1,576 people), and Manufacturing (1,329 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Salem, VA, though some of these residents may live in Salem, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,286
Median earning men ± $4,091
$37,677
Median earning women ± $4,376

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($74,306), Public Administration ($66,023), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($59,226).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($88,132), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($47,958).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.1M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Salem, VA awarded 733 degrees. The student population of Salem, VA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,051 male students and 1,888 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Salem, VA are White (476 and 65.7%), followed by Black or African American (87 and 12%), Unknown (55 and 7.6%), and Two or More Races (41 and 5.66%).

The largest universities in Salem, VA by number of degrees awarded are Roanoke College (233426) (477 and 65.1%) and American National University (256 and 34.9%).

The most popular majors in Salem, VA are General Business Administration & Management (75 and 10.2%), General Psychology (49 and 6.68%), and Medical Insurance Coding Specialist (49 and 6.68%).

The median tuition cost in Salem, VA for private four year colleges is $33,510.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Salem, VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 79.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 12.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,939 (35.8% men and 64.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,939 students enrolled in Salem, VA, 35.8% men and 64.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,891 records, of which 61.6% were women and 38.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 75 degrees awarded
  2. 49 degrees awarded
  3. 35 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Salem, VA was General Business Administration & Management with 75 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 477 degrees awarded
  2. 256 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Roanoke College (233426) with 477 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 233 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Salem, VA, which is 0.466 times less than the 500 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 476 degrees mean that there were 5.47 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 87 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($33,510) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,690) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.884% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.904% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.71M), Bachelors Degree (1.47M), and Some college (1.4M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Salem, VA was $231,900 in 2022, which is 0.823 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $205,900 to $231,900, a 12.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Salem, VA is 64%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Salem, VA have an average commute time of 18.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Salem, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Salem, VA is $68,402. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Salem, VA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $87,463, followed by Census Tract 101 and Census Tract 105.02, with respective values of $71,614 and $70,357.

Property

$231,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,894
$6,426
Median Property Taxes
±$498

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Rent vs Own

64%
Homeownership
2022
69%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64% of the housing units in Salem, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 102
  2. Census Tract 101
  3. Census Tract 105.02

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Salem, VA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $87,463, followed by Census Tract 101 and Census Tract 105.02, with respective values of $71,614 and $70,357.

The following map shows all of the places in Salem, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$68,402
Median Household Income
± $4,772
10k
Number of Households
± 688

In 2022, the median household income of the 10k households in Salem, VA grew to $68,402 from the previous year's value of $66,472.

The following chart displays the households in Salem, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Salem, VA is from Virginia.
0.475
2022 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.164% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.51%)
  3. Walked (6.55%)

In 2022, 77.7% of workers in Salem, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.51%) and those who walked to work (6.55%).

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Commute Time

18.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Salem, VA have a shorter commute time (18.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.49% of the workforce in Salem, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

9.62% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Salem, VA (2.19k out of 22.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 65 - 74 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Salem, VA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.9% of the population of Salem, VA has health coverage, with 56.1% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 2.27% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Salem city, VA see 937 patients per year on average, which represents a 19.6% decrease from the previous year (1166 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 745 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 119 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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937 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Salem city, VA

Primary care physicians in Salem city, VA see an average of 937 patients per year. This represents a 19.6% decrease from the previous year (1,166 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Salem city, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.5% under 18 years, 22.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.6% were men and 53.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.09%
Uninsured
56.1%
Employer Coverage
10.4%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
11.1%
Non-Group
2.27%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Salem, VA grew by 1.38% from 6.01% to 6.09%.

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