Salem is a city located in Essex County Massachusetts. With a 2020 population of 45,108, it is the 29th largest city in Massachusetts and the 980th largest city in the United States. Salem is currently growing at a rate of 0.70% annually and its population has increased by 1.41% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 44,480 in 2020. Spanning over 18 miles, Salem has a population density of 5,439 people per square mile.
The average household income in Salem is $87,095 with a poverty rate of 15.88%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Salem is 37.1 years, 36 years for males, and 38.3 years for females.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salemwas:
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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.49%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.88%.
78.49% of Salem residents speak only English, while 21.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.86% of the population.
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The race most likely to be in poverty in Salem is Native, with 84.83% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Salem is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.13%.
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The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
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85.53% of Salem residents were born in the United States, with 62.11% having been born in Massachusetts. 4.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.