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Welcome to Salem ...

The town of Salem is located in Oconee County<1>.

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 151 people<3> (see below for details).

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

Salem is 1,030 feet [314 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Salem lies within the (864) area code.

The ZIP code for Salem: 29676<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 151 people. This is an increase of 11.85% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.84% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salem had a population of 135 people. This makes Salem the county's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 135 people, the population of Salem increased 7.14% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 126 people).

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

Communities Also Named Salem ...

While we believe that this Salem is located in Oconee County, we know of another 3 South Carolina communities named Salem. Those communities are located in the following counties: Anderson, Florence and Marlboro County.

Beyond South 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, North Carolina (8), Nova Scotia, Ohio (7), Oklahoma (3), Ontario (6), Oregon, Pennsylvania (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.

  • Clemson [Pickens County]
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    • Clemson [Pickens County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,780 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clemson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clemson<7>
  • Seneca [Oconee County]
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    • Seneca [Oconee County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,564 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seneca
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Seneca<7>
  • Central [Pickens County]
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    • Central [Pickens County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,452 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Central<7>
  • Walhalla [Oconee County]
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    • Walhalla [Oconee County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Salem
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,460 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walhalla<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pendleton [Anderson County]
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      • Pendleton [Anderson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,313 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pendleton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pendleton<7>
    • Pickens [Pickens County]
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      • Pickens [Pickens County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,185 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pickens<7>
    • Liberty [Pickens County]
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      • Liberty [Pickens County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,150 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Liberty<7>
    • Westminster [Oconee County]
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      • Westminster [Oconee County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,598 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westminster<7>
    • Highlands [Jackson County]
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      • Highlands [Jackson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 984 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highlands have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highlands
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Highlands<7>
    • Norris [Pickens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norris
      • Norris [Pickens County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 831 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norris<7>

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.

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.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Salem was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Salem on a map titled Rand McNally Map of South Carolina (1911).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for South Carolina

About Oconee County

About South 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 Oconee County: www.oconeesc.com/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Carolina's counties, including Oconee, 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 town'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 town (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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, 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 for your convenience: 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: 34.8895, Longitude: -82.9760    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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