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Overview

Introduction to Salem, Indiana

Salem, Indiana, in Washington county, is 30 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky. The city has a population of 6,172.

Salem History

The city of Salem is the county seat of Washington County. Downtown Salem is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The first settlers were attracted by the raw materials, rivers, and wildlife. Then, a small town, Salem was named by the wife of a land surveyor, William Lindley. Salem was also the name of the town in North Carolina where the Lindleys were from. The city was officially recognized in 1814, and two years later, Indiana became a state.

Salem and Nearby Attractions

  • Deam Lake State Recreation Area
  • Conway Fire Museum
  • Corydon Capitol Historic Site
  • Cathedral Gardens
  • Louisville Zoo

Things To Do In Salem

The Washington County Courthouse is the most famous and widely recognized landmark in Salem, and several historical sites surround it. John Hay Lake and the Lake Salinda provide opportunities for fishing and boating, and Delaney Park is a popular recreational facility. Provisions for fishing, swimming, boating, boat and cabin rentals, as well as modern and primitive camp sites are available at the park. Another park in the area is the Spring Mill State Park. The Knobstone Trail and the Jackson-Washington State Forest are other popular tourist destinations. Local celebrations include Old Settler's Days and Maxwell Street Days held in September and May, respectively.

Salem Transportation

Flights are available from Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport.

Salem Higher Education

Colleges close to Salem include Bellarmine University, Hanover College, and Indiana University Southeast.

People

Total Population 6,256
Male Share of the Population 43.9%
Female Share of the Population 56.1%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,285
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,783
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 38.8%
Median Gross Rent $565
Median House Value $86,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 10.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 47167
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.605
Longitude -86.101

Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALEM
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Station SCOTTSBURG
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station PAOLI
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Borden 755 $60,729
Campbellsburg 609 $38,269
Hardinsburg 185 $39,375
Little York 159 $50,000
Livonia 132 $56,250
Palmyra 1,290 $50,313

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salem Public Libraries

Library
Salem-washington Twp Pl
212 NORTH MAIN STREET
Salem, Indiana
(812) 883-5600

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Salem High Schools

SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
700 N HARRISON ST
812-883-3904
Serves 608 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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