Salem, Virginia Population 2021

25,317
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Salem Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salem was:

  • White: 87.35%
  • Black or African American: 6.74%
  • Two or more races: 3.01%
  • Asian: 1.73%
  • Other race: 0.94%
  • Native American: 0.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Salem, Virginia is 25,317based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 25,293.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 24,802.

Salem, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White22,11587.35%
Black or African American1,7066.74%
Two or More Races7633.01%
Asian4381.73%
Some Other Race2370.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native340.13%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander240.09%
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Salem Population By Race

Salem Population Pyramid 2021

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Salem Median Age

41.2


Total

39.7


Male

42.1


Female

Salem Adults

There are 20,473 adults, (4,803 of whom are seniors) in Salem.

Salem Age Dependency

61.6

Age Dependency Ratio

30.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Salem Sex Ratio

Mujer

13,546

53.51%

Masculino

11,771

46.49%

Salem Population by Age

Salem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salem Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.8%16.2%
All63.6%36.4%
Masculino58.3%41.7%
Non Family48.9%51.1%
Mujer42.8%57.2%

63.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salem Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,9122.363.6
Married4,3092.9883.8
Non Family3,7601.1648.9
Mujer1,4402.9942.8
Masculino4033.0958.3

2.92

Average Family Size

2.3

Average Household Size

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Salem Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5833.41%
9th to 12th Grade1,2737.44%
High School Graduate4,95328.95%
Some College3,57720.91%
Associates Degree1,94711.38%
Bachelors Degree2,96117.31%
Graduate Degree1,81410.60%
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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
White15,10113,6814,377
Black1,087943138
Hispanic34118150
Asian290228172
2+ Races27621854
Other Race16417
Native American2323
Islander131313

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Salem Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$41,265$47,042$35,542
Less Than 9th Grade$26,917$41,429$9,047
High School Graduate$31,130$32,353$28,218
Some College$38,916$46,547$31,646
Bachelors Degree$54,745$65,756$48,050
Graduate Degree$60,563$76,935$55,994

$41,265

Average Earnings

$47,042

Average Male

$35,542

Average Female

Salem Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salem Language by Age

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Salem Language

95.14% of Salem residents speak only English, while 4.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.14% of the population.

Salem Language

Salem Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White19,5861,3236.75%
Black1,40231422.40%
Hispanic71323232.54%
Asian37610327.39%
Other2118439.81%
Multiple654416.27%
Native2323100.00%

9.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.53%

Male Poverty Rate

10.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salem

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salem is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salem is Multiple, with 6.27% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.60%.

Salem Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.97%
High School8.99%
Some College5.25%
Bachelors or Greater2.51%

Salem Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.44%
Male Unemployed4.71%
Female Employed4.63%
Male Employed3.14%

Salem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salem Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,165$78,216
Families$75,250$95,593
Married Families$89,049-
Non Families$36,151$47,099
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Income by Household Type

Salem Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.1%

Male Marriage Rate

41.4%

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 35-44.

Salem Marital Status by Race

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Salem Marital Status

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1,747

Number of Veterans

1,632

Male Veterans

115

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam649
First Gulf War413
Second Gulf War275
Korea165
World War II115

Salem Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74499
75+462
35 to 54326
55 to 64278
18 to 34182

Salem Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,6339.05%
Black785.74%
Hispanic387.00%
2+ Races174.03%
Other Race126.90%
Asian71.94%

Salem Veterans by Race

Salem Veterans by Education

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4.35%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salem Veterans by Education

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61.3%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

4.4%

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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69.46%

Born in Salem

96.61%

Native Born

3.39%

Foreign Born

2.20%

Non Citizen

1.18%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.61% of Salem residents were born in the United States, with 69.46% having been born in Virginia. 2.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Salem Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202125,31780.03%
202025,30980.03%
201925,30180.03%
201825,293-80-0.32%
201725,3731210.48%
201625,252-112-0.44%
201525,364-64-0.25%
201425,4281110.44%
201325,3171380.55%
201225,1791530.61%
201125,0261310.53%
201024,8951480.06%
200024,7479910.41%
199023,756-202-0.08%
198023,9581,9760.86%
197021,9825,9243.19%
196016,0589,2358.94%
19506,8231,0861.75%
19405,7379041.73%
19304,8336741.51%
19204,1593100.78%
19103,8494371.21%
19003,4121330.40%
18903,2790.00%

Salem Population by Year