Salem, VA Population

Population: 24,747. Estimated population in July 2020: 24,654 (-0.4% change)
Males: 11,677 (47.2%), Females: 13,070 (52.8%)

Zip codes: 24153.

Median resident age: 39.2 years
Median household income: $38,997
Median house value: $104,200

Races in Salem:

  • White Non-Hispanic (91.3%)
  • Black (5.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Hispanic (0.8%)

Ancestries: United States (18.1%), German (15.4%), English (13.2%), Irish (11.0%), Scotch-Irish (2.8%), French (2.6%).

Land area: 14.6 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Salem

  • High school or higher: 82.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 19.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.7%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Salem city

  • Never married: 25.5%
  • Now married: 53.0%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 11.0%

2.1% Foreign born (0.9% Asia, 0.8% Europe, 0.4% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +915 (+3.8%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Salem:

  • COLUMBIA LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER (1900 ELECTRIC ROAD)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Salem:

  • CARILION MEDICAL CENTER (about 10 miles; ROANOKE, VA)
  • CATAWBA HOSPITAL (about 11 miles; CATAWBA, VA)
  • CARILION FRANKLIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 25 miles; ROCKY MOUNT, VA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Salem:

  • ROANOKE REGIONAL/WOODRUM FIELD (about 7 miles; ROANOKE, VA; Abbreviation: ROA)
  • GREENBRIER VALLEY (about 45 miles; LEWISBURG, WV; Abbreviation: LWB)
  • LYNCHBURG REGIONAL/PRESTON GLENN FLD (about 60 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA; Abbreviation: LYH)
Other public-use airports nearest to Salem:

  • VIRGINIA TECH (about 25 miles; BLACKSBURG, VA; Abbreviation: BCB)
  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE (about 36 miles; MONETA, VA; Abbreviation: W91)
  • NEW RIVER VALLEY (about 44 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Abbreviation: PSK)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Salem:

  • NATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,382; Location: 1813 E MAIN ST; Private, for-profit; Website: www.ncbt.edu)
  • ROANOKE COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 1,617; Location: 221 COLLEGE LN; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.roanoke.edu)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Salem:

  • VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 6 miles; ROANOKE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,535)
  • VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIV (about 22 miles; BLACKSBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 25,754)
  • RADFORD UNIVERSITY (about 36 miles; RADFORD, VA; Full-time enrollment: 8,034)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 45 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)
  • WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY (about 54 miles; LEXINGTON, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,063)
  • LIBERTY UNIVERSITY (about 59 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 5,348)
  • CONCORD COLLEGE (about 67 miles; ATHENS, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,723)

Schools

Public high schools in Salem:

  • SALEM HIGH (Students: 1,228; Location: 400 SPARTAN DR; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • GLENVAR HIGH (Students: 536; Location: 4549 MALUS DR; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Salem:

  • ANDREW LEWIS MIDDLE (Students: 982; Location: 616 SOUTH COLLEGE AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • G. W. CARVER ELEM. (Students: 441; Location: 6 FOURTH ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • GLENVAR MIDDLE (Students: 440; Location: 4555 MALUS DR; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • WEST SALEM ELEM. (Students: 435; Location: 520 N BRUFFEY ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • SOUTH SALEM ELEM. (Students: 414; Location: 1600 CAROLYN RD; Grades: KG – 05)
  • EAST SALEM ELEM. (Students: 410; Location: 1765 BOULEVARD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • GLENVAR ELEM. (Students: 371; Location: 4507 MALUS DR; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MASONS COVE ELEM. (Students: 235; Location: 3370 BRADSHAW RD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • FORT LEWIS ELEM. (Students: 187; Location: 3115 W MAIN ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • ARNOLD R. BURTON TECH CTR (Location: 1760 BOULEVARD; Grades: 00 – 00)
Private primary/middle school in Salem:

  • SALEM MONTESSORI SCHOOL INC (Students: 50; Location: 1574 ROANOKE BOULEVARD; Grades: PK – KG)

Libraries

Library in Salem:

  • SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $724,330; Location: 28 E. MAIN ST.; 104,728 books; 4,870 audio materials; 3,941 video materials; 189 serial subscriptions)