Income/capita 39%
Household income 36%
Unemployment 57%
Income per capita$18,071$28,872$29,829
Median household income$35,278$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$38,438$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$16,719$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$35,313$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$24,250$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate7.3%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level17.4%12.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Salem is 39% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Salem is 36% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Salem is 57% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Salem is 15% higher than the national average

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      Salem employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.4%0.0%
      Manufacturing sector20.0%3.4%
      Financial & insurance services0.0%2.6%
      Wholesale & retail services16.8%12.0%
      Public administration5.3%3.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities22.1%4.3%
      Education, health & social services0.0%26.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Westwood, IA96$101,66784%
      Houghton, IA152$70,31327%
      St. Paul, IA100$56,7193%
      Franklin, IA110$53,7503%
      West Point, IA1,020$52,5005%
      Salem, IA551$35,27836%

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      Green Isle, MN551$57,5004%
      Ponce de Leon, FL551$31,38943%
      New Cuyama, CA551$45,41718%
      Pettus, TX551$58,7506%
      Essex, MO551$35,00037%
      Salem, IA551$35,27836%
      Source: The Salem, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).