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Welcome to Salem ...

Salem is located in Burke County<1>.

The location of Salem has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Salem refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Salemite<3>

Salem is 1,210 feet [369 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Salem lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Salem is within the (828) area code.

Communities Also Named Salem ...

While we believe that this Salem is located in Burke County, we know of another 7 North Carolina communities named Salem. Those communities are located in the following counties: Forsyth, Lincoln, Nash, Pasquotank, Randolph, Rockingham and Surry County.

Beyond North Carolina, 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), Missouri (4), Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick (2), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, 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.

  • Hickory [Catawba County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory
    • Hickory [Catawba County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the east of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,473 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory
  • Lenoir [Caldwell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lenoir
    • Lenoir [Caldwell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,911 people
    • Former name for Lenoir:
    • Tucker's Barn
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lenoir
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lenoir<6>
  • Marion [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
    • Marion [McDowell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,937 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marion have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<6>
  • Sawmills [Caldwell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sawmills
    • Sawmills [Caldwell County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,156 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawmills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawmills
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Long View [Burke County]
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      • Long View [Burke County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,951 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long View
    • Granite Falls [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granite Falls
      • Granite Falls [Caldwell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,657 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Granite Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granite Falls<6>
    • Valdese [Burke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valdese
      • Valdese [Burke County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,407 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valdese have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valdese
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Valdese<6>
    • Gamewell [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gamewell
      • Gamewell [Caldwell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,993 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gamewell
    • Hudson [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hudson
      • Hudson [Caldwell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,703 people
      • Former name for Hudson:
      • Hudsonville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hudson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hudson<6>
    • Cajah's Mountain [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cajah's Mountain
      • Cajah's Mountain [Caldwell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,728 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cajah's Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cajah's Mountain

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. 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Salem, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Salem.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of North Carolina

About Burke County

About North Carolina

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 Burke County: www.co.burke.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Burke, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>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 community'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.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Salem - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 SalemOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6987, Longitude: -81.6970       In this case, the coordinates for Salem have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>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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