Salem, New York

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Salem, New York

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 9% Salem Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Salem Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Salem College Educated Adults
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 16% Salem Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Salem, New York

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Age of the Population 5 5
Senior Citizens 5 6
Racial Diversity 5 3
Female Share of the Population 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 7
College Educated Adults 9 6
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
Median Family Income 7 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Short Commute Times 4 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 3
Public Transportation Use 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
Affordability of Rents 5 9
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 10
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles NE of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 128 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Glens Falls
Standard Zip Codes 12865
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.172
Longitude -73.328

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 SALEM
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
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Salem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 964 100%
Male 485 50.3%
Female 479 49.7%
Under 18 254 26.3%
18+ 710 73.7%
65+ 145 15%
Median Age 37.7
Average Family Size 2.98
White 941 97.6%
African-American 11 1.1%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 10 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 0.6%

Estimated Salem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 911
Growth -53
Growth % -5.5%

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
Irish 25.9%
English 17.9%
French (except Basque) 10%
US/American 7.7%
Scotch-Irish 7.3%
German 7.1%
Italian 6.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
Scottish 3.1%
Polish 2.6%
Dutch 1.9%
Welsh 1.6%
French Canadian 1.4%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Finnish 0.9%
Russian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 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:

Belcher (12865)
East Greenwich (12865)
East Hebron (12865)
West Hebron (12865)

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 964 $44,375
Argyle 289 $41,667
Cambridge 1,925 $41,012
Fort Edward 3,141 $39,550
Greenwich 1,902 $42,198
Hudson Falls 6,927 $37,628
Schuylerville 1,197 $37,083

Salem Public Libraries

Bancroft Public Library
Salem, New York
(518) 854-7463
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