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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Salem is a town in Virginia with a population of 25,521. Salem is in Salem City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Salem offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Salem there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Salem. The public schools in Salem are highly rated.
About Salem...
Population
25,521

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$174,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$874
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    27
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    30.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    111.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,688.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    138.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Salem

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,990
National
$55,322
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Salem Reviews

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Salem is part of a metropolitan area connected to Roanoke, VA. It is tucked in a valley surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Salem is a football and outdoor community. Salem High School has been to multiple state championships in the past several years. Most people in this town love to be outside doing a variety of activities such as hiking on the Appalachian Trail or going to any one of the local bodies of water for boating or fishing. Salem is a family community priding itself in the preservation of traditional values while seeking to modernize its industry. All with the goal of not intruding on the beautiful country side for with the area is know for.
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I have lived in Salem for 11 years and overall my experience has been very positive. We love the small town and the convenience of having retail stores and restaurants right here. The schools have been wonderful ! I feel that my daughter is prepared for college because of the education she has received here. We feel completely safe in Salem and residents here are very friendly!
I love Salem! Attending school at Roanoke College and living in the area has been a huge blessing. The area is a neat place to live, especially being so close to the city of Roanoke.