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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
West Salem is a town in Illinois with a population of 913. West Salem is in Edwards County. Living in West Salem offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in West Salem and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in West Salem are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$50,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$373
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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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
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in West Salem

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,250
National
$55,322
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West Salem Reviews

1 review
I have lived in West Salem every since I was born. I love the home town feel of the town and the ability to know everyone who lives there. My 8th grade graduating class was 23 students. There were never cuts on sports teams, if you wanted to play, then you got the ability to play. I am 22 years old. I first attended college at Wabash Valley College. It is a small town that is slightly bigger than West Salem. When choosing Oakland City University as my school to transfer to, my hometown feel was taken into consideration when I made this decision. I wanted to stay in a school that was small and a place I can feel and work one on one with my instructors. I would be a completely different person today if I had lived in a bigger town or city. I love how living in West Salem is a slow paced environment. I don't feel like I have to be in a rush by living in West Salem. I wouldn't change it for the world.
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