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Salem is a city in McCook County, in the Sioux Falls metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Salem, MA. For a time, it was known as Melas (Salem spelled backward) to avoid confusion with Salena, SD. With the demise of that community, Salem assumed its rightful spelling.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in South Dakota named Salem. For links to other places called Salem, SD, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Salem is 43.724N. The longitude is -97.388W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,522 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,389.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Salem demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the McCook County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 57058 ZIP code.
48% of Salem residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Salem ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Salem was $19,596, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $289. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $608.
Libraries in Salem include Salem Public Library ... View libraries
McCook County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Salem political report.
The average commute time for Salem workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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