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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Salem is a town in North Carolina with a population of 1,872. Salem is in Burke County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Salem offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Salem there are a lot of parks. Many families and retirees live in Salem and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Salem are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$121,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$634
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    20%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    45%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Salem

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,848
National
$55,322
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Salem Reviews

2 reviews
Has a hometown feel and very neighborly.
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Not a lot of crime goes on, so pretty good overall.