New Salem, Massachusetts

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New Salem, Massachusetts

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% New Salem College Educated Adults
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 12% New Salem Affordability of Rents
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% New Salem Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% New Salem People in Middle Class or Better
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 17% New Salem Affordability of Property Taxes
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% New Salem Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of New Salem, Massachusetts

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 4
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 2
Racial Diversity 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 7
People in Middle Class or Better 9 4
Median Family Income 9 3
People Above Poverty 8 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 4
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
Affordability of Rents 3 9
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 9

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New Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Franklin
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01355, 01364
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.504
Longitude -72.332

New 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 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
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New Salem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 929 100%
Male 475 51.1%
Female 454 48.9%
Under 18 225 24.2%
18+ 704 75.8%
65+ 92 9.9%
Median Age 42
Average Family Size 2.88
White 887 95.5%
African-American 7 0.8%
Asian 7 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.5%
Other 3 0.3%
Mixed Race 20 2.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 0.9%

Estimated New Salem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 988
Growth 59
Growth % 6.4%

New 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
English 19.4%
Irish 15.6%
French Canadian 10.4%
French (except Basque) 9.4%
US/American 8.1%
Italian 6.5%
German 5.6%
Polish 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.3%
Scottish 3.1%
Swedish 2.6%
European 2.1%
Russian 1.1%
Swiss 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Hungarian 0.7%
Portuguese 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.5%
Armenian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
African 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blissville (01364)
Eagleville (01364)
Lake Mattawa (01364)
North Orange (01364)

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)
New Salem 929 $54,500
Athol 11,299 $41,061
Erving 1,467 $47,212
Orange 7,518 $44,128
Petersham 1,180 $58,125
Shutesbury 1,810 $65,521
Wendell 986 $60,147

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New Salem Public Library
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