Introduction to Salem, Ohio

Salem, Ohio, in Columbiana county, is 17 miles SW of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 55 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The people of the city are in the Youngstown - Warren metropolitan area. Salem has a population of 12,197.

Salem History

In 1806, Salem was founded by John Straughan, a Pennsylvanian potter, and Zadok Street, a clockmaker from New Jersey. Quakers were the early settlers of Salem. The area derived its name from Salem, New Jersey. A number of Salem’s homes served as stations for the American Underground Railroad until mid 1800s. The first Women's Rights Convention of Ohio was hosted in Salem in April, 1850.

Salem and nearby Attractions

  • Salem Historical Society Museum
  • Guilford Lake State Park
  • Arms Family Museum of Local History
  • Glamorgan Castle

Things To Do In Salem

Salem offers over 300 acres of parks and playgrounds. The Centennial Park includes lighted tennis and basketball courts, scenic areas, picnic tables, and an outdoor pool. The Kelley Park, Waterworth Memorial Park, and W. H. Mullins Park are also worth visiting. Visitors can go for boating, hiking, fishing, and picnicking at the Salem City Lake. In addition, shopping can be done at the Salem Plaza Shopping Center and Eastgate Plaza Shopping Center.

Salem Transportation

Air transportation is available from Youngstown - Warren Regional Airport.

Salem Higher Education

The institutes of higher education located nearby are Kent State University - Salem Regional Campus and Allegheny Wesleyan College.


Total Population 12,115
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,626
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.4%
Median Earnings25+ $28,269
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,190
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,228


Median Family Income $50,518
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $624
Median House Value $91,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 18.8%

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

Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SW of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Columbiana
Metro Area Youngstown - Warren
Standard Zip Codes 44460
Phone Area Codes 330
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.9
Longitude -80.856

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 CANFIELD 1 S
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Station WARREN 3 S
Distance 20.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Patmos (44460)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beloit 1,039 $41,818
Canfield 7,424 $89,429
Columbiana 6,393 $61,601
Leetonia 1,925 $44,342

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

Salem Public Libraries

Salem Public Library
821 E. STATE ST.
Salem, Ohio
(330) 332-0042
Library Web Site

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Salem Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(330) 332-1551
Emergency Service: Yes

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Salem High Schools

1200 E 6TH ST
Serves 787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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