Salem, South Dakota

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Salem, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Salem Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Salem Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Salem Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 15% Salem People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Salem, South Dakota

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 7
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 8
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 6
Median Family Income 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Short Commute Times 9 3
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 6
Affordability of Rents 8 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3

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Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles W of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 185 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County McCook
Standard Zip Codes 57058
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.724
Longitude -97.388

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 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 25.5 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.7 inches
Station HOWARD
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 23.7 inches
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Salem Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,371 100%
Male 658 48%
Female 713 52%
Under 18 308 22.5%
18+ 1,063 77.5%
65+ 353 25.7%
Median Age 42.6
Average Family Size 2.85
White 1,353 98.7%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 4 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.4%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 7 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7 0.5%

Estimated Salem Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,393
Growth 22
Growth % 1.6%

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
German 56.6%
Norwegian 11.6%
Irish 6.8%
Swedish 6.5%
US/American 5.3%
Dutch 2.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Danish 1.1%
English 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 0.9%
European 0.7%
Belgian 0.4%
Luxemburger 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
British 0.3%
Italian 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Polish 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
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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:

Center (57058)
Unityville (57058)

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 1,371 $44,167
Bridgewater 607 $39,375
Canistota 700 $39,464
Canova 140 $33,750
Humboldt 521 $45,000
Montrose 460 $39,583
Spencer 157 $34,688

Salem Public Libraries

Salem Public Library
Salem, South Dakota
(605) 425-2264

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Salem High Schools (2004)

Serves 145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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