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Salem is an independent city, in the Roanoke metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Salem, NJ.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Virginia named Salem. For links to other places called Salem, VA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Salem is 37.293N. The longitude is -80.055W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,066 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 24,603.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Salem demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Salem City 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 24153 ZIP code.
17% of Salem residents report German ancestry, and 12% 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 $20,091, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $466. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $911.
Libraries in Salem include Salem Public Library ... View libraries
Salem City 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 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Salem between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Salem include Baymont Inn Roanoke/Salem, Best Value Inn-Salem Roanoke, Comfort Inn Salem, Comfort Suites Inn at Ridgewood Farm, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Salem, Quality Inn, Super 8.
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