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Overview

Introduction to Salem, New Hampshire

Salem, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 5 miles N of Lawrence, Massachusetts and 30 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Salem History

Initially settled in 1652, Salem was recognized as the North Parish of Methuen, Massachusetts until 1736. After the boundaries between Massachusetts and New Hampshire were redrawn, Salem was incorporated in 1750. The town was named after Salem, Massachusetts.

Salem and nearby Attractions

  • Canobie Lake Park
  • Rockingham Park
  • America’s Stonehenge
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Peabody Essex Museum

Things To Do In Salem

Salem offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Canobie Lake Park and the Rockingham Park offer various facilities and are popular among local residents. America’s Stonehenge is a 30 acre formation of rocks and an important archaeological site.

Salem Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from the Manchester Airport

Salem Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and North Shore Community College.

People

Total Population 28,853
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,807
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 54.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.2%
Median Earnings25+ $45,785
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,430
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,447

Wealth

Median Family Income $92,192
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,045
Median House Value $284,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 13%
Irish 26%

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

Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Lawrence, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Rockingham
Standard Zip Codes 03079
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.788
Longitude -71.201

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)

Station LAWRENCE
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station HAVERHILL
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atkinson 6,796 $111,383
Derry 33,202 $81,447
Hampstead 8,552 $104,617
Pelham 13,113 $104,795
Plaistow 7,601 $79,524
Windham 14,104 $126,543

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

Salem Public Libraries

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Kelley Library
234 MAIN STREET
Salem, New Hampshire
(603) 898-7064
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Salem High Schools

SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
44 GEREMONTY DR
603-893-7069
Serves 2,181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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