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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.

People

Total Population 4,997
Male Share of the Population 44.7%
Female Share of the Population 55.3%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 1,550
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 25.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $33,274
% Above Poverty Level 60.4%
% Below Poverty Level 39.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 7%

Housing

People Living Alone 42.8%
Median Gross Rent $859
Median House Value $103,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.4%
Irish 9.5%

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

Salem Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Salem
Standard Zip Codes 08079
Phone Area Codes 856
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.571
Longitude -75.467

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 WILMINGTON NEW CASTLE AP
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station SEABROOK FARMS
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 3 E
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salem, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mannington Township (08079)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alloway 3,417 $90,795
Mannington 1,775 $79,167
Pennsville 13,057 $77,307
Pilesgrove 4,125 $100,500
Quinton 2,613 $71,935
Woodstown 3,562 $102,411

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

Salem Public Libraries

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

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Salem Hospitals

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF SALEM COUNTY
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
310 WOODSTOWN ROAD
(856) 935-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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219 WALNUT STREET
856-935-3900
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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