Salem, Kentucky

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Salem, Kentucky

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High Points

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

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Affordability of Property Taxes
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Top 11% Salem Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Salem, Kentucky

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 2
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 7
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 6 7
People Above Poverty 6 7
Median Family Income 4 6
College Educated Adults 3 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 5
Short Commute Times 5 3
Working at Home 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 9
People Living Alone 8 7
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Rents 8 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles SW of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 111 miles NW of Nashville, Tennessee
County Livingston
Standard Zip Codes 42078
Phone Area Codes 270
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.264
Longitude -88.244

Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 45 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
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Salem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 769 100%
Male 344 44.7%
Female 425 55.3%
Under 18 130 16.9%
18+ 639 83.1%
65+ 242 31.5%
Median Age 50.9
Average Family Size 2.72
White 763 99.2%
African-American 2 0.3%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 3 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5 0.7%

Estimated Salem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 759
Growth -10
Growth % -1.3%

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
US/American 35.5%
German 17%
Irish 14.4%
English 12.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.4%
Dutch 3.4%
Scottish 3.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Danish 0.5%
European 0.5%
Norwegian 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salem, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lola (42078)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Salem 769 $37,857
Calvert City 2,701 $48,098
Eddyville 2,350 $44,000
Fredonia 420 $41,250
Kuttawa 596 $55,208
Marion 3,196 $33,980
Smithland 401 $40,568
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