Salem, Missouri Population 2021

4,923
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Salem is a city located in Dent County Missouri. It is also the county seat of Dent County. With a 2020 population of 4,923, it is the 134th largest city in Missouri and the 4809th largest city in the United States . Salem is currently growing at a rate of 0.04% annually but its population has decreased by -0.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,950 in 2010. Spanning over 3 miles, Salem has a population density of 1,551 people per square mile.

The average household income in Salem is $42,943 with a poverty rate of 32.56%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $508 per month, and the median house value is $77,300. The median age in Salem is 46.6 years, 38 years for males, and 51.4 years for females.

Salem Demographics

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

  • White: 94.91%
  • Two or more races: 3.34%
  • Native American: 0.77%
  • Black or African American: 0.53%
  • Other race: 0.45%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Salem, Missouri is 4,923 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 4,923.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 4,950.

Salem, Missouri Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White4,68494.91%
Two or More Races1653.34%
American Indian and Alaska Native380.77%
Black or African American260.53%
Some Other Race220.45%
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Salem Population by Race

Salem Population Pyramid $2021

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Salem Median Age

46.6


Total

38


Male

51.4


Female

Salem Adults

There are 3,933 adults, (1,229 of whom are seniors) in Salem.

Salem Age Dependency

82.5

Age Dependency Ratio

45.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Salem Sex Ratio

Female

2,571

52.10%

Male

2,364

47.90%

Salem Population by Age

Salem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salem Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female33.9%66.1%
Male47.9%52.1%
Non Family49.3%50.7%
All55.2%44.8%
Married77%23%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salem Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,4022.0155.2
Non Family1,2661.0749.3
Married6952.9777
Female3223.233.9
Male1193.0847.9

2.85

Average Family Size

2.01

Average Household Size

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Salem Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2447.08%
9th to 12th Grade44913.03%
High School Graduate1,50243.59%
Some College56516.40%
Associates Degree2146.21%
Bachelors Degree3008.71%
Graduate Degree1724.99%
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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
White3,2602,605472
2+ Races9557
Hispanic4545
Native American3838
Other Race1111
Black88

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 14.48%.

Salem Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,449$33,260$21,348
Less Than 9th Grade$25,568$30,924$
High School Graduate$26,713$36,176$20,109
Some College$32,235$37,599$21,170
Bachelors Degree$31,066$40,214$30,846
Graduate Degree$33,194$29,395$43,657

$29,449

Average Earnings

$33,260

Average Male

$21,348

Average Female

Salem Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salem Language by Age

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Salem Language

98.63% of Salem residents speak only English, while 1.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.32% of the population.

Salem Language

Salem Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,5101,39230.86%
Multiple16514587.88%
Black252496.00%

32.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.21%

Male Poverty Rate

36.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salem

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salem is Black, with 96.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salem is White, with 30.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 44.95%.

Salem Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade47.56%
High School28.74%
Some College23.83%
Bachelors or Greater5.34%

Salem Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed100.00%
Female Unemployed86.05%
Female Employed22.33%
Male Employed10.97%

Salem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salem Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$30,417$42,943
Families$43,052$48,540
Married Families$53,819-
Non Families$16,517$35,683
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Income by Household Type

Salem Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

34.7%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 20-34.

Salem Marital Status by Race

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Salem Marital Status

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371

Number of Veterans

337

Male Veterans

34

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam174
First Gulf War61
Korea46
Second Gulf War14
World War II12

Salem Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74157
75+83
55 to 6477
35 to 5454
18 to 34

Salem Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3709.83%
Black13.85%

Salem Veterans by Race

Salem Veterans by Education

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1.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salem Veterans by Education

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53%

Labor Force Participation

48.8%

Employment Rate

7.9%

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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74.99%

Born in Salem

99.25%

Native Born

0.75%

Foreign Born

0.26%

Non Citizen

0.49%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.25% of Salem residents were born in the United States, with 74.99% having been born in Missouri. 0.26% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Salem Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20214,92320.04%
20204,92120.04%
20194,91920.04%
20184,917100.20%
20174,907100.20%
20164,897-67-1.35%
20154,96460.12%
20144,958-11-0.22%
20134,969220.44%
20124,947300.61%
20114,917-40-0.81%
20104,9571030.21%
20004,8543680.79%
19904,486320.07%
19804,454910.21%
19704,3634931.21%
19603,8702590.70%
19503,6114601.37%
19403,1510.00%

Salem Population by Year