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The location of Salem

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 2018, Salem has a population of 25,643 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

The area code for Salem: (540)

Population Details ...

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

The population of Salem represents 0.31% of the 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 (which had a count of 24,747 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Salem had an population of 25,643 people. This is an increase of 3.39% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.62% since the 2000 Census).

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.

Websites for Salem ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Salem. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Salem. Our list includes 20 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Communities near Salem ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Roanoke   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the East (E) of Salem

Located in Roanoke City

Vinton   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the East (E) of Salem

Located in Roanoke County

Troutville   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the Northeast (NE) of Salem

Located in Botetourt County

Fincastle   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the Northeast (NE) of Salem

Located in Botetourt County

Boones Mill   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the Southeast (SE) of Salem

Located in Franklin County

New Castle   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the North (N) of Salem

Located in Craig County

Cave Spring   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the Southeast (SE) of Salem

Located in Roanoke County

Hollins   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the Northeast (NE) of Salem

Located in Roanoke County

Buena Vista   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the East (E) of Salem

Located in Roanoke City

Garden City   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the Southeast (SE) of Salem

Located in Roanoke City

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Salem.

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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 have 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>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 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 Salem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2935, Longitude: -80.0548     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Salem have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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