Salem demographics profile

StatisticSalemNorth CarolinaNational
Population density (sq mi)50721891
Median age45.438.337.7
Male/Female ratio1.1:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)59%57%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1832%43%43%
Speak English93%89%79%
Speak Spanish7%7%13%
Salem, NC has a population of 2,173 and is the 10,535th largest city in the United States. The population density is 507 per sq mi which is 133% higher than the North Carolina average and 460% higher than the national average. The median age in Salem is 45 which is approximately 19% higher than the North Carolina average of 38. In Salem, 59% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 93% speak English and 7% speak Spanish. 84% of Salem residents were born in North Carolina, 11% were born out of state, 0% were born outside of the United States and 5% were foreign born.

Did you know?

  • The population density in Salem is 133% higher than North Carolina.
  • The median age in Salem is 19% higher than North Carolina.
  • In Salem 90.38% of the population is White.
  • In Salem 0.00% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Salem 0.00% of the population is Asian.

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      Salem population breakdown by race

      RaceSalemNorth CarolinaNational
      Black or African American0.00%21.50%12.63%
      American Indian0.00%1.18%0.82%
      Native Hawaiian0.00%0.07%0.18%
      Mixed race1.15%2.45%3.06%
      Other race8.47%3.01%4.75%
      In Salem, 9.7% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
      Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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      Salem age breakdown

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      Age of children in married couples

      Source: The Salem, NC demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).