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Salem, Indiana

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Salem is a city located in Washington County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,172. The city is the county seat of Washington CountyTemplate:GR.

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Geography

Salem is located at 38°36'15" North, 86°5'56" West (38.604124, -86.098801)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 km² (3.9 mi²). 10.1 km² (3.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.51% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 6,172 people, 2,555 households, and 1,635 families residing in the city. The population density is 612.6/km² (1,586.8/mi²). There are 2,745 housing units at an average density of 272.5/km² (705.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 98.74% White, 0.03% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,555 households out of which 29.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% are married couples living together, 12.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% are non-families. 32.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.29 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $29,256, and the median income for a family is $37,179. Males have a median income of $27,521 versus $21,952 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,299. 11.6% of the population and 8.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Salem, Indiana is a quiet, small town in Southern Indiana, surrounded by rolling hills and farms. It has become a bedroom community for the Greater Louisville (Kentucky) area, as well as supplying workers for nearby Bedford, IN and Seymour, IN to the North. There is an old-fashioned small town feel. Many residents are greeted by name where they shop and do business. The town square surrounding the old courthouse still in use (which is one of the loveliest left standing in Indiana) is filled with antiques stores, boutiques, lovely small restaurants and the occasional Attorney's office. Unusual in a town this size is the new Riley Park for Children. Built in 2002, it boasts two and three story fanciful castles and other structures for children's play, along with more expected swings and slides. In September the town celebrates "Old Settler's Day" at the Stevens Museum on Market St. Set in village of authentic Log structures, the festival features reenactors and local Juried art and crafts.

Interesting History

Birth Place of Secretary of State John Hay.


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