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Overview

Introduction to Salem, Virginia

Salem, Virginia is 7 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center) and 131 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina. The people of the city are in the Roanoke metropolitan area.

Salem History

European explorers Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam first arrived in this area in 1671. At that time, it was a village of the Totero people. Batts and Fallam named this area Totero Town. It developed into a small settlement that served travelers on the Great Wilderness Road. The town of Salem was established in 1802 but got its charter in 1806. The most widespread belief behind the naming of the town is that it was named in honor of a prominent citizen, William Bryan, who came from Salem, New Jersey.

Salem and nearby Attractions

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Natural Bridge of Virginia
  • Salem Museum and Historical Society
  • Roanoke Valley Greenways
  • Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium

Things To Do In Salem

Salem offers facilities for a variety of recreational activities. The city has several parks which provide a host of amenities including playgrounds, sport courts and fields, and picnic pavilions. The Department of Parks and Recreation regularly organizes special events, recreation programs, and tournaments. The Salem Museum has a significant collection of local artifacts such as Native American items, relics from the Civil War, and other historically important items.

Salem Transportation

Roanoke Regional/Woodrum Field Airport provides air transportation.

Salem Higher Education

National Business College, Roanoke College, and Virginia Western Community College are nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,290
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+12,223
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.9%
Median Earnings25+$36,202
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,505
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,688

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,511
% Above Poverty Level90.6%
% Below Poverty Level9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone32.4%
Median Gross Rent$842
Median House Value$173,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.5%
German16%
English13.6%
Irish11.5%
Italian3%
Scottish2.2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Polish1.7%
Dutch1.3%
Welsh0.8%
Swedish0.5%
African0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Russian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.1%
US/American0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Salem Almanac

CategoryValue
County Salem city
Standard Zip Codes24153
Phone Area Codes540
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.28
Approximate Longitude-80.05

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)

StationROANOKE WOODRUM AP
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 45 F
Apr Temp44 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches
StationROCKY MOUNT
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp26 to 45 F
Apr Temp42 to 68 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches
StationUNION 3 SSE
Distance31.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 40 F
Apr Temp36 to 63 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 66 F
Annual Precip36.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blacksburg43,973$76,789
Boones Mill149$61,786
New Castle166$58,750
Roanoke99,329$50,223
Troutville520$56,563
Vinton8,170$56,131

Salem Public Libraries

Salem Public Library
28 E. MAIN ST.
Salem, Virginia
(540) 375-3089

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Salem Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Salem
(Government - Federal)
1970 Roanoke Blvd
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Salem
(Government - Federal)
1970 Roanoke Boulevard
(540) 982-2460
Lewis Gale Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1900 Electric Road
(540) 776-4000
Roanoke Valley Center For Sight, L.l.c.
(Proprietary)
438 W. Main Street
(540) 378-5280
Blue Ridge Surgery Center
(Proprietary)
1802 Braeburn Drive
(540) 772-3600
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Salem Public Schools

Glenvar Middle
4555 Malus Dr
(540) 387-6322
Middle
Total Enrollment 406
Glenvar Elem.
4507 Malus Dr
(540) 387-6540
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Glenvar High
4549 Malus Dr
(540) 387-6536
High
Total Enrollment 586
Fort Lewis Elem.
3115 West Main St
(540) 387-6594
Primary
Total Enrollment 244
Mason's Cove Elem.
3370 Bradshaw Rd
(540) 387-6530
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Burton Ctr. For Arts And Tech.
1760 Blvd
(540) 857-5000
High
Salem High
400 Spartan Dr
(540) 387-2437
High
Total Enrollment 1262
G.w. Carver Elem
6 Fourth St
(540) 387-2492
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Andrew Lewis Middle
616 South College Ave
(540) 387-2513
Middle
Total Enrollment 883
West Salem Elem
520 North Bruffey St
(540) 387-2503
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
East Salem Elem
1765 Blvd
(540) 375-7001
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
South Salem Elem
1600 Carolyn Rd
(540) 387-2478
Primary
Total Enrollment 429

Salem Private Schools

Salem Montessori School
1574 Roanoke Blvd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 76
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