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Overview

Introduction to Salem, Indiana

Salem, Indiana, in Washington county, is 30 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky.

Salem History

The city of Salem is the county seat of Washington County. Downtown Salem is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The first settlers were attracted by the raw materials, rivers, and wildlife. Then, a small town, Salem was named by the wife of a land surveyor, William Lindley. Salem was also the name of the town in North Carolina where the Lindleys were from. The city was officially recognized in 1814, and two years later, Indiana became a state.

Salem and Nearby Attractions

  • Deam Lake State Recreation Area
  • Conway Fire Museum
  • Corydon Capitol Historic Site
  • Cathedral Gardens
  • Louisville Zoo

Things To Do In Salem

The Washington County Courthouse is the most famous and widely recognized landmark in Salem, and several historical sites surround it. John Hay Lake and the Lake Salinda provide opportunities for fishing and boating, and Delaney Park is a popular recreational facility. Provisions for fishing, swimming, boating, boat and cabin rentals, as well as modern and primitive camp sites are available at the park. Another park in the area is the Spring Mill State Park. The Knobstone Trail and the Jackson-Washington State Forest are other popular tourist destinations. Local celebrations include Old Settler's Days and Maxwell Street Days held in September and May, respectively.

Salem Transportation

Flights are available from Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport.

Salem Higher Education

Colleges close to Salem include Bellarmine University, Hanover College, and Indiana University Southeast.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,214
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens19.6%
Employed Population 16+2,359
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married43.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,714
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,180
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,109

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,487
% Above Poverty Level74.6%
% Below Poverty Level25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$574
Median House Value$83,700

Ancestry

German13.3%
Irish12.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.2%
English7.9%
French Except Basque2.4%
Welsh2%
Scottish1.5%
Czech0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Greek0.5%
Polish0.4%
Italian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Russian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Salem Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes47167
Phone Area Codes812
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude38.6
Approximate Longitude-86.09

Salem Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSALEM
Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationSCOTTSBURG
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationPAOLI
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 65 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp40 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Borden818$60,469
Campbellsburg602$38,977
Hardinsburg184$41,429
Little York177$45,625
Livonia121$62,500
Palmyra1,289$44,750

Salem Public Libraries

Salem-washington Township Public Library
212 NORTH MAIN STREET
Salem, Indiana
(812) 883-5600

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Salem Hospitals

St Vincent Salem Hospital Inc
(Non-profit)
911 N Shelby St
(812) 883-5881

Salem Public Schools

Bradie M Shrum Lower Elem
1103 North Shelby St
(812) 833-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Bradie M Shrum Upper Elem
1101 North Shelby St
(812) 883-4376
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Salem High School
700 North Harrison St
(812) 883-3904
High
Total Enrollment 614
Salem Middle School
1001 North Harrison St
(812) 883-3808
Middle
Total Enrollment 452

Salem Private Schools

East Salem 3rd School
8575 E New Philadelphia Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
East Salem Parochial School
1762 Naugle Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Twin Oaks School-amish
6457 S West Washington School Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
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