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Welcome to Salem ...

The location of Salem has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<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 25,209 people<3> (see below for details).

The city of Salem is 1,060 feet [323 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 (540) area code.

Websites for Salem ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 25,209 people. This is an increase of 1.64% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.87% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salem had a population of 24,802 people.

The population of Salem represents 0.31% of the total population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 24,802 people, the population of Salem has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 24,747 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 , we know of another 4 Virginia communities named Salem. Those communities are located in the following : Culpeper, Page, Roanoke and Virginia Beach City.

Beyond Virginia, 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 Carolina (4), South Dakota, Tennessee (7), Texas (8), Utah, 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.

  • Roanoke
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
  • Vinton
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
  • Troutville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
  • Fincastle
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Boones Mill
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • New Castle
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Cave Spring
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Spring
    • Cave Spring is located in Roanoke County
  • Mason Cove
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mason Cove
    • Mason Cove is located in Roanoke County
  • Wabun
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wabun
    • Wabun is located in Roanoke County
  • Hollins
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hollins have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollins
    • Hollins is located in Roanoke County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hollins <5>

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 20 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.

The official website for Salem:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<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>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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