West Salem, Illinois Population 2024

729

West Salem is a city located in Edwards County, Lawrence County, Richland County, and Wabash County Illinois. West Salem has a 2024 population of 729. West Salem is currently declining at a rate of -1.49% annually and its population has decreased by -5.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 772 in 2020.

The average household income in West Salem is $60,170 with a poverty rate of 11.9%. The median age in West Salem is 38.1 years: 34.7 years for males, and 41.3 years for females.

West Salem Demographics

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

  • White: 93.11%
  • Two or more races: 5.2%
  • Black or African American: 0.91%
  • Other race: 0.78%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
1.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
467.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-5.57% (-43)
The current population of West Salem, Illinois is 729 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 772.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White71693.11%
Two or more races405.2%
Black or African American70.91%
Other race60.78%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

West Salem Population by Race

West Salem Population Pyramid 2024

West Salem Median Age

38.1

Total

34.7

Male

41.3

Female

West Salem Adults

There are 586 adults, (175 of whom are seniors) in West Salem.

West Salem Age Dependency

87.1

Age Dependency Ratio

42.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.5

Child Dependency Ratio

West Salem Sex Ratio

Female37548.76%
Male39451.24%

West Salem Population by Age

West Salem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All3052.4887.512.5
Married1682.9888.711.3
Non Family1041.0787.512.5
Male194.531000
Female144.1457.142.9

3.05

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

87.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

West Salem Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade336.51%
Associates Degree8316.37%
Bachelors Degree469.07%
Graduate Degree142.76%
High School Graduate19839.05%
Less Than 9th Grade224.34%
Some College11121.89%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

West Salem Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Salem Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White47643159
2+ Races18181
Black730
Other Race600
Hispanic330

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 12.39%.

West Salem Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$61,250$71,667$0
Graduate Degree$0$0$0
High School Graduate$40,469$49,792$31,250
Less Than 9th Grade$0$62,708$0
Overall$44,125$54,167$35,417
Some College$45,000$54,583$35,000

$44,125

Average Earnings

$54,167

Average Male

$35,417

Average Female

West Salem Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Salem Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

West Salem Language

97.83% of West Salem residents speak only English, while 2.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.89% of the population.

West Salem Language

West Salem Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White7037610.81%
Black77100%
Multiple40717.5%
Hispanic33100%

11.9%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.3%

Male Poverty Rate

14.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Salem

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Salem is Black, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Salem is White, with 10.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.64%.

West Salem Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School20.2%
Some College11.86%
Less Than 9th Grade10.91%
Bachelors or Greater1.67%

West Salem Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed28.57%
Male Unemployed20%
Male Employed3.05%
Female Employed2.56%

West Salem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Salem Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$61,250$70,288
Households$53,304$60,170
Married Families$65,714$-999,999,999
Non Families$33,462$37,013

mean

median

Income by Household Type

West Salem Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

58.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

57.5%

Male Marriage Rate

58.8%

Female Marriage Rate

West Salem Married by Age and Sex

male

female

West 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.

West Salem Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

West Salem Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

40

Number of Veterans

36

Male Veterans

4

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam25
Second Gulf War5
Korea4
First Gulf War2
World War II0

West Salem Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+26
65 to 7411
35 to 543
18 to 340
55 to 640

West Salem Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White407.23%

West Salem Veterans by Race

West Salem Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5%

Veteran Poverty Rate

67.5%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Salem Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

51.7%

Labor Force Participation

45.8%

Employment Rate

11.4%

Unemployment Rate

West Salem Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

West Salem Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

West Salem Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

67.88%

Born in West Salem

99.87%

Native Born

0.13%

Foreign Born

0.13%

Non Citizen

0%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.87% of West Salem residents were born in the United States, with 67.88% having been born in Illinois. 0.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

West Salem Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029676-10-1.46%
2028686-11-1.58%
2027697-11-1.55%
2026708-10-1.39%
2025718-11-1.51%
2024729-11-1.49%
2023740-13-1.73%
2022753-4-0.53%
2021757-15-1.94%
2020772-79-9.28%
201985120.24%
2018849-9-1.05%
2017858-14-1.61%
201687240.46%
2015868-16-1.81%
2014884-8-0.9%
2013892-4-0.45%
201289660.67%
2011890-9-1%
201089900%

West Salem Population by Year