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Welcome to Salem ...

Salem is located in Rockingham County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Salem, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1846.

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 29,878 people<3> (see below for details).

Salem is 120 feet [37 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 boundaries of the (603) area code.

The ZIP code for Salem: 03079<5>

Websites for Salem ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 29,878 people. This is an increase of 3.83% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.28% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salem had a population of 28,776 people (which is 9.75% of the total population of Rockingham County). This makes Salem the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Salem represents 2.19% of the population of New Hampshire (which has 1,316,470 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 28,776 people, the population of Salem increased 2.36% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 28,112 people).

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

Communities Also Named Salem ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that 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 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.

  • Manchester
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
  • Lowell
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowell
    • Lowell is located in Middlesex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,904 people
  • Nashua
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nashua
    • Nashua is located in Hillsborough County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,167 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashua <6>
  • Lawrence
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawrence
    • Lawrence is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,007 people
  • Haverhill
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haverhill
    • Haverhill is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,098 people
  • Billerica
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Billerica
    • Billerica is located in Middlesex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,021 people
  • Andover
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Andover
    • Andover is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,554 people
  • Chelmsford
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chelmsford
    • Chelmsford is located in Middlesex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,528 people
  • Derry
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Derry
    • Derry is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,442 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Derry <6>
  • North Andover
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Andover have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Andover
    • North Andover is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,460 people

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 6 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.

Adding Salem to Our Gazetteer ...

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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Salem was in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

We also found Salem in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Salem.

The official website for Salem:

The official website for Rockingham County:

The official website for State of New Hampshire:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Hampshire's counties, including Rockingham, 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 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.
<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 community (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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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