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 Population6,181
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens19.7%
Employed Population 16+2,451
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married42.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,130
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,316
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,660

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,016
% Above Poverty Level79.4%
% Below Poverty Level20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone39.6%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$83,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12%
Irish10.1%
German8.6%
English8.1%
Welsh2%
French Except Basque1.4%
Polish1%
Scottish0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Czech0.5%
Greek0.4%
Italian0.4%
Russian0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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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
Borden1,171$62,794
Campbellsburg598$54,000
Hardinsburg177$56,250
Little York231$65,000
Livonia105$54,583
Palmyra1,350$53,452

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 Shrum Elementary
11101 N Shelby St
ZIP: 47167
(812) 833-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 909
Salem High School
700 N Harrison St
ZIP: 47167
(812) 883-3904
High
Total Enrollment 560
Salem Middle School
1001 N Harrison St
ZIP: 47167
(812) 883-3808
Middle
Total Enrollment 463

Salem Private Schools

East Salem 3rd School
8575 E New Philadelphia Rd
ZIP: 47167
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
East Salem Parochial School
1762 Naugle Rd
ZIP: 47167
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Twin Oaks School-amish
6457 S West Washington School Rd
ZIP: 47167
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
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