West Salem, Illinois

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West Salem, Illinois

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West Salem strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

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Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 12% West Salem Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 13% West Salem Affordability of Property Taxes
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 14% West Salem Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of West Salem, Illinois

Comparing West Salem to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 8 9
Age of the Population 7 8
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1
Racial Diversity 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 4
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 3
People in Middle Class or Better 5 3
College Educated Adults 3 3
Median Family Income 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
People Living Alone 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 8
Housing Recently Built 2 2

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West Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles NW of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles W of Louisville, Kentucky
County Edwards
Standard Zip Codes 62476
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.52
Longitude -88.004

West Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ALBION
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 45 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station OLNEY 2 S
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 41.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
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West Salem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,001 100%
Male 485 48.5%
Female 516 51.5%
Under 18 237 23.7%
18+ 764 76.3%
65+ 202 20.2%
Median Age 40.1
Average Family Size 2.86
White 989 98.8%
African-American 4 0.4%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 6 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 0 0%

Estimated West Salem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 977
Growth -24
Growth % -2.4%

West Salem Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 32.1%
US/American 24%
English 15.5%
Irish 9.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Dutch 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
French Canadian 1.3%
Swiss 1.3%
Swedish 1%
Italian 0.8%
Polish 0.8%
European 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Salem 1,001 $33,417
Albion 1,933 $36,917
Bellmont 297 $33,906
Bone Gap 272 $33,214
Browns 175 $31,667
Calhoun 222 $27,500
Parkersburg 234 $30,000

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