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Overview

Introduction to Salem, New Jersey

Salem, New Jersey, in Salem county, is 12 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware and 30 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Salem History

The land now occupied by Salem was acquired by John Fenwick in 1675. The township was established in 1693. It was named after the Hebrew word for peace, Shalom. Salem was formally incorporated in 1798, and reincorporated as Salem City in 1858. It is the county seat of Salem County.

Salem and nearby Attractions

  • Majors Wharf
  • Salem County Historical Society
  • Fort Mott State Park
  • Mannington Meadows Wildlife Refuge
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Israel Crane House

Things To Do In Salem

Salem celebrates the Fall Festival every September. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Montclair Art Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Nemours Mansion and Gardens are some of the local museums. The Fort Mott State Park, located on the Delaware River, is a popular destination in Salem. Nearby historical sites include Fort Mott, Dutch House, Longwood Gardens and the Amstel House.

Salem Transportation

Air transportation is available from Philadelphia International Airport.

Salem Higher Education

Wilmington College, Rowan University, Gloucester County College and the University of Delaware are some of the local colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,931
Male Share of the Population43.1%
Female Share of the Population56.9%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+1,567
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married27.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,675
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,429

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,957
% Above Poverty Level57.5%
% Below Poverty Level42.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.1%
% Using Public Transportation8.7%

Housing

People Living Alone42.2%
Median Gross Rent$868
Median House Value$96,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)66.4%
German8.5%
Irish7.5%
Italian6%
English2.7%
Dutch0.9%
Swedish0.8%
French Except Basque0.6%
African0.5%
Polish0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
South African0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Salem Almanac

CategoryValue
County Salem County
Standard Zip Codes8079
Phone Area Codes609,856
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.56
Approximate Longitude-75.47

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)

StationWILMINGTON NEW CASTLE AP
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp46 to 66 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationSEABROOK FARMS
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches
StationMIDDLETOWN 3 E
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip41.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alloway3,387$90,577
Mannington1,775$92,188
Pennsville12,915$78,239
Pilesgrove4,098$102,313
Quinton2,235$77,109
Woodstown3,548$101,154

Salem Public Libraries

Salem Free Public Library
112 W. BROADWAY
Salem, New Jersey
(856) 935-0526

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Salem Hospitals

Memorial Hospital Of Salem County
(Proprietary)
310 Woodstown Road
(856) 935-1000

Salem Public Schools

Alternative Middle & High School
John B. Campbell Family, Fun & Fitness Center
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-7552
Other
Total Enrollment 18
Elsinboro Township School
631 Salem Fort Elfsborg Road
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-3817
Primary
Total Enrollment 124
John Fenwick Academy
183 Smith Street
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Lower Alloways Creek Elementary School
967 Main St Canton
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-2707
Primary
Total Enrollment 178
Mannington Township Elementary School
495 Route 45
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-1078
Primary
Total Enrollment 182
Salem High School
219 Walnut St
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-3900
High
Total Enrollment 317
Salem Middle School
51 New Market Street
ZIP: 8079
(856) 935-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
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