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Welcome to Salem ...

The city of Salem is located in Dent County<1> and is the County Seat for Dent County.

When the people of Salem refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Salemite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Salem has a population of 4,919 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Salem.

Salem is 1,150 feet [351 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Salem lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Salem: (573)

The ZIP code for Salem: 65560<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 4,919 people. This is a decrease of 0.63% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salem had a population of 4,950 people (or 31.62% of the total population of Dent County). This makes Salem the county's most populous community.

The population of Salem represents 0.08% of the population of Missouri (which has 5,988,927 people), making it the state's 130th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,950 people, the population of Salem increased 1.98% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 4,854 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Salem.

Adding Salem to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Salem in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Salem elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Salem on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Salem ...

While we believe that this Salem is located in Dent County, we know of another 3 Missouri communities named Salem. Those communities are located in the following counties: Caldwell, Daviess and Lewis County.

Beyond Missouri, there are 122 communities that are also named Salem - they are located in Alabama (4), Arkansas (5), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia (8), Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa, Kansas (7), Kentucky (4), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Mississippi (6), Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick (2), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (8), Nova Scotia, Ohio (7), Oklahoma (3), Ontario (6), Oregon, Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (4), South Dakota, Tennessee (7), Texas (8), Utah, Virginia (5), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Salem.

Communities near Salem ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Salem.

  • Edgar Springs [Phelps County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgar Springs
    • Edgar Springs [Phelps County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the west of Salem
    • Estimated population in 2019: 195 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgar Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgar Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edgar Springs<8>
  • Doss [Dent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Doss
    • Doss [Dent County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Doss
  • Jack [Dent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jack
    • Jack [Dent County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Salem
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jack
  • Darien [Dent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Darien
    • Darien [Dent County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the south of Salem
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Darien have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Darien
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Jadwin [Dent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jadwin
      • Jadwin [Dent County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Salem
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jadwin
    • Cook Station [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cook Station
      • Cook Station [Crawford County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cook Station have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cook Station
    • Lake Spring [Dent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Spring
      • Lake Spring [Dent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Spring
    • Lenox [Dent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lenox
      • Lenox [Dent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lenox have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lenox
    • Sligo [Dent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sligo
      • Sligo [Dent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Salem
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sligo
    • Lecoma [Dent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lecoma
      • Lecoma [Dent County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Salem
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lecoma

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Salem. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Salem.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Salem. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Salem.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Salem. Our list includes 16 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Salem.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Salem ...

Looking for more information about Salem? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Salem, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Salem.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Salem. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Missouri: https://www.mo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Missouri's counties, including Dent, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Salem refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Salem may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Salem.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Salem - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Salem). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Salem or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Salem. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Salem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6428, Longitude: -91.5354    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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