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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Salem is a suburb of Boston with a population of 43,302. Salem is in Essex County. Living in Salem offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Salem there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Salem and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Salem are above average.
About Salem...
Population
43,302

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$347,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,237
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    128.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    50.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    220
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,576.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    91.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Salem

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,565
National
$55,322
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Salem Reviews

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I really enjoy the historical nature of the city and the tourists that come visit every October for Halloween. This is the time of year when everyone congregates together for seasonal enjoyment. I wish there were more opportunities to see this happen because everyone has a great time. As far as change in the city, I would like to see some of the traffic routes change because the commuter time can be very long, especially on cut-through roads. I would also like to see a return of the plastic bags in stores and encourage residents to dispose of them properly. Overall, the City of Salem is a great place to be!
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I love how although Salem is a tourist attraction (especially around Halloween), it is still very community orientated. Salem residents are very loyal to small businesses, and in turn, small businesses make it their utmost priority to treat everyone like family. Being a woman, I feel fairly safe walking around Salem, which is very pedestrian friendly. Salem has exceeded my expectations as a quirky, college, tourist town. Everyone is unique, yet seems to be on the same wavelength.
Very nice place to live, very quiet is very easy to keep to yourself and not be bothered by anyone if you don't want to be bothered. Unfortunately, the lack of available public transportation for people with disabilities is very disappointing. Being someone who has a disability. I have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting out and doing things in my community. Knowing this, I believe a strong public transportation system is essential for not only physically handicapped people. But for people in general to have better access to the entertainment and essential businesses within their communities.