Salem, Massachusetts Population 2022

43,088
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Salem is a city located in Essex County Massachusetts. Salem has a 2020 population of 43,088. Salem is currently declining at a rate of -0.11% annually but its population has increased by 3.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 41,823 in 2010.

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 $1,325 per month, and the median house value is $379,400. The median age in Salem is 37.1 years, 36 years for males, and 38.3 years for females.

Salem Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salemwas:

  • White: 79.21%
  • Black or African American: 6.72%
  • Other race: 5.73%
  • Two or more races: 5.40%
  • Asian: 2.61%
  • Native American: 0.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Salem, Massachusetts is 43,088 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 43,088.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 41,823.

Salem, Massachusetts Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White34,33679.21%
Black or African American2,9156.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native1450.33%
Asian1,1322.61%
Some Other Race2,4825.73%
Two or More Races2,3405.40%
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Salem Population by Race

Salem Population Pyramid 2022

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Salem Median Age

38.2


Total

36.9


Male

39.2


Female

Salem Adults

There are 36,581 adults, (7,125 of whom are seniors) in Salem.

Salem Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

24.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23

Child Dependency Ratio

Salem Sex Ratio

Female

24,286

56.02%

Male

19,064

43.98%

Salem Population by Age

Salem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salem Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.5%29.5%
Male53.4%46.6%
All49.8%50.2%
Non Family39.9%60.1%
Female33.3%66.7%

49.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salem Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All19,0942.1849.8
Married6,5132.9870.5
Male5713.1153.4
Female2,7332.9733.3
Non Family9,2771.3339.9

2.91

Average Family Size

2.18

Average Household Size

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Salem Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,5464.96%
9th to 12th Grade1,1433.67%
High School Graduate7,17923.03%
Some College5,21116.72%
Associates Degree2,0336.52%
Bachelors Degree8,58627.54%
Graduate Degree5,47617.57%
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Salem Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Salem Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian860730558
White23,33522,28311,502
2+ Races1,029845450
Black1,5701,367560
Hispanic5,3993,9891,345
Other Race1,9821,274328
Native American1236612

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%.

Salem Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$50,212$54,068$42,560
Less Than 9th Grade$24,593$32,069$18,783
High School Graduate$34,836$43,088$30,657
Some College$34,176$51,382$26,334
Bachelors Degree$60,322$63,849$56,302
Graduate Degree$64,066$64,539$63,491

$50,212

Average Earnings

$54,068

Average Male

$42,560

Average Female

Salem Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salem Language by Age

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Salem Language

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.

Salem Language

Salem Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native14512384.83%
Multiple2,24981336.15%
Asian1,12435631.67%
Hispanic7,7912,20428.29%
Black2,68455120.53%
White29,4052,9389.99%
Other571NaN%

15.88%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.11%

Male Poverty Rate

18.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salem

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%.

Salem Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.38%
High School18.34%
Some College11.98%
Bachelors or Greater5.64%

Salem Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed3.15%
Male Unemployed14.96%
Female Employed7.91%
Female Unemployed40.99%

Salem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salem Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,428$86,906
Families$84,944$103,549
Married Families$109,261-
Non Families$47,676$65,945
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Income by Household Type

Salem Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.6%

Male Marriage Rate

34.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Salem Married by Age and Sex

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Salem Marriage

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.

Salem Marital Status by Race

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Salem Marital Status

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1,609

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War107
First Gulf War155
Vietnam699
Korea185
World War II53

Salem Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3423
35 to 54199
55 to 64308
65 to 74486
75+593

Salem Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4474.88%
Black562.59%
Native American5443.90%
Asian181.91%
Other Race70.33%
2+ Races271.75%
Hispanic360.58%

Salem Veterans by Race

Salem Veterans by Education

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14.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.20%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salem Veterans by Education

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68.8%

Labor Force Participation

65.6%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Salem Employment by Age

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Salem Employment by Race

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Salem Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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62.11%

Born in Salem

85.53%

Native Born

14.47%

Foreign Born

4.96%

Non Citizen

9.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

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.

Salem Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
17907,9210.00%
18009,4571,5361.79%
181012,6133,1562.92%
182012,7311180.09%
183013,8951,1640.88%
184015,0821,1870.82%
185020,2645,1823.00%
186022,2521,9880.94%
187024,1171,8650.81%
188027,5633,4461.34%
189030,8013,2381.12%
190035,9565,1551.56%
191043,6977,7411.97%
192042,529-1,168-0.27%
193043,3538240.19%
194041,213-2,140-0.50%
195041,8806670.16%
196039,211-2,669-0.66%
197040,5561,3450.34%
198038,276-2,280-0.58%
199038,091-185-0.05%
200040,4072,3160.59%
201041,8231,4160.35%
201141,9951720.41%
201242,3163210.76%
201342,6683520.83%
201442,9883200.75%
201543,2392510.58%
201643,233-6-0.01%
201743,299660.15%
201843,272-27-0.06%
201943,226-46-0.11%
202043,180-46-0.11%
202143,134-46-0.11%
202243,088-46-0.11%

Salem Population by Year