New Salem, Illinois

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Population in 2019: 134 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -1.5%
 
Males: 66  (49.6%)
Females: 68  (50.4%)
Median resident age:

35.1 years
Illinois median age:

38.6 years

Zip code: 62357

Estimated median household income in 2019: $50,172 (it was $27,917 in 2000)
New Salem:

$50,172
IL:

$69,187

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $29,737 (it was $19,351 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $89,445 (it was $37,500 in 2000)
New Salem:

$89,445
IL:

$209,100

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $75,615; detached houses: $78,403; mobile homes: $58,332

Median gross rent in 2019: $677.

March 2019 cost of living index in New Salem: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 17.7%
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  • Races in New Salem, IL (2019)
    • 26197.4%White alone
    • 51.9%Two or more races



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in New Salem, Illinois as of April 21, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in New Salem is 130 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (57.3%), American (16.0%), English (2.7%), Scotch-Irish (2.7%), Irish (1.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 09/25/1970

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 1.04 square miles.

Population density: 129 people per square mile   (very low).

New Salem, Illinois map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $917 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Springfield, IL (63.8 miles , pop. 111,454).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (81.4 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (222.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Baylis, IL (1.9 miles ),
Griggsville, IL (2.5 miles ),
Pittsfield, IL (2.7 miles ),
Perry, IL (2.7 miles ),
El Dara, IL (3.1 miles),
Valley City, IL (3.2 miles),
Barry, IL (3.2 miles ),
Detroit, IL (3.3 miles)

Latitude: 39.71 N, Longitude: 90.85 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 217

Distribution of median household income in New Salem, IL in 2019
Distribution of house value in New Salem, IL in 2019

New Salem satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.7%
Illinois:

6.5%
Most common industries in New Salem, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (15.9%)
  • Educational services (13.6%)
  • Health care (11.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (9.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.1%)
  • Computer & electronic products (4.5%)
  • Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (21.1%)
  • Educational services (21.1%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (10.5%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (10.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.5%)
  • Repair & maintenance (10.5%)
  • Rail transportation (5.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (28.0%)
  • Health care (20.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (16.0%)
  • Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers (8.0%)
  • Computer & electronic products (8.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (8.0%)
  • Educational services (8.0%)
Most common occupations in New Salem, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.1%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.1%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (6.8%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (6.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (21.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (10.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.5%)
  • Life, physical, and social science technicians (10.5%)
  • Accountants and auditors (10.5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (16.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (16.0%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (12.0%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (12.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (8.0%)

Average climate in New Salem, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

New Salem-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Illinois state average. It is 46% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/24/1961, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 16.2 miles away from the New Salem village center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/14/1961, a category F3 tornado 24.1 miles away from the village center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

New Salem-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 269% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 181.1 miles away from New Salem center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 181.1 miles away from New Salem center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 170.0 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 189.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 203.6 miles away from New Salem center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 182.1 miles away from New Salem center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Pike County (22) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 17, Storms: 15, Tornadoes: 4, Snows: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
New Salem topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near New Salem:

  • PIKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; PITTSFIELD, IL)
  • EASTSIDE HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PITTSFIELD, IL)
  • KEPLEY HOUSE (Hospital, about 8 miles away; PITTSFIELD, IL)
  • ILLINI COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 8 miles away; PITTSFIELD, IL)
  • PITTSFIELD MANOR (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PITTSFIELD, IL)
  • BARRY COMMUNITY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; BARRY, IL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to New Salem:

  • Western Illinois University (about 54 miles; Macomb, IL; Full-time enrollment: 10,755)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College (about 63 miles; Godfrey, IL; FT enrollment: 4,189)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield (about 66 miles; Springfield, IL; FT enrollment: 3,748)
  • Lincoln Land Community College (about 66 miles; Springfield, IL; FT enrollment: 5,460)
  • Lindenwood University (about 67 miles; Saint Charles, MO; FT enrollment: 11,117)
  • St Charles Community College (about 67 miles; Cottleville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,302)
  • University of Missouri-St Louis (about 75 miles; Saint Louis, MO; FT enrollment: 10,322)

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Pike County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This village:

2.4 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

69.0%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

5.2%
Whole state:

6.3%


No gay or lesbian households reported

4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

For population 15 years and over in New Salem:

Marital status in New Salem, IL
  • Never married: 26.9%
  • Now married: 49.1%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 9.6%
  • Divorced: 14.0%

For population 25 years and over in New Salem:

  • High school or higher: 91.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
  • Unemployed: 29.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.3
Illinois average:

12.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for New Salem, IL (based on Pike County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,38334
Mainline Protestant1,77816
Catholic3641
Other2222
None9,683-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Here:

3.00 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Pike County:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Pike County:

6.60 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Here:

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Pike County:

9.1%
State:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.0%
State:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

7.6%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

49.6%
Illinois:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
New Salem:

46.5%
Illinois:

45.7%

Average BMI:
New Salem:

30.4
Illinois:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.4%
Illinois:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

20.1%
Illinois:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Illinois:

6.8

Overweight people:
New Salem:

44.7%
Illinois:

33.2%

General health condition:
This city:

53.1%
State:

55.4%

Average condition of hearing:
New Salem:

76.6%
State:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of New Salem, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$60
Totals for Government 0$0 7$60

New Salem government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $9,000 ($67.16)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($37.31)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($29.85)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000 ($29.85)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($14.93)

New Salem government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $16,000 ($119.40)
    Highways: $3,000 ($22.39)
  • Tax - Property: $2,000 ($14.93)

New Salem government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,000 ($194.03)

4.21% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($37,635 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.21%
Illinois average:

4.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Adams County, IL  0.83% ($37,510 average AGI)


4.10% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,591 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.10%
Illinois average:

5.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Adams County, IL  1.05% ($39,452 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in New Salem:

  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KHMO (1070 AM; 5 kW; HANNIBAL, MO)
  • WTAD (930 AM; 5 kW; QUINCY, IL; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)
  • WGEM (1440 AM; 5 kW; QUINCY, IL; Owner: QUINCY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBBA (1580 AM; 0 kW; PITTSFIELD, IL; Owner: BROWN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in New Salem:

  • WIPA (89.3 FM; PITTSFIELD, IL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF IL AT SPRINGFIELD)
  • WBBA-FM (97.5 FM; PITTSFIELD, IL; Owner: BROWN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KGRC (92.9 FM; HANNIBAL, MO; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)
  • WPWQ (106.7 FM; MOUNT STERLING, IL; Owner: WPW BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJFM (102.1 FM; LOUISIANA, MO; Owner: FOXFIRE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGEM-FM (105.1 FM; QUINCY, IL; Owner: QUINCY NEWSPAPERS, INC.)
  • WCOY (99.5 FM; QUINCY, IL; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)
  • KPCR-FM (94.1 FM; BOWLING GREEN, MO; Owner: FOUR HIM ENTERPRISES, L.L.C.)
  • KZZK (105.9 FM; NEW LONDON, MO; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)
  • WQUB (90.3 FM; QUINCY, IL; Owner: QUINCY UNIVERSITY CORPORATION)
  • WQCY (103.9 FM; QUINCY, IL; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around New Salem:

  • W49BS (Channel 49; QUINCY, IL; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W53BP (Channel 53; QUINCY, IL; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KHQA-TV (Channel 7; HANNIBAL, MO; Owner: CHELSEY BROADCASTING COMPANY OF QUINCY, LLC)
  • WTJR (Channel 16; QUINCY, IL; Owner: BELIEVER'S BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WSEC (Channel 14; JACKSONVILLE, IL; Owner: WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • W36BS (Channel 36; QUINCY, IL; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W61CO (Channel 61; QUINCY, IL; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W18CJ (Channel 18; QUINCY, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WGEM-TV (Channel 10; QUINCY, IL; Owner: QUINCY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • W69DF (Channel 69; QUINCY, IL; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WQEC (Channel 27; QUINCY, IL; Owner: W. CENTRAL ILLINOIS EDUC. TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 14Number of bridges
  • 92ft / 27.7mTotal length
  • $242,000Total costs
  • 17,375Total average daily traffic
  • 5,458Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,662Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in New Salem, IL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 11950-1959
  • 71980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for New Salem, IL

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in New Salem)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • NEW SALEM, 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 39.686111 Lon: -90.839167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 78 m, Call Sign: WMR268,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 6840.00 MHz, 6820.00 MHz, 6825.00 MHz, Grant Date: 02/01/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Cancellation Date: 12/30/2015, Certifier: Steven T Campbell, Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:
  • ST72XC735, Cr2, N Of Cr2100 (Lat: 39.719278 Lon: -90.810083), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 102.4 m, Overall height: 106.4 m, Call Sign: WQVH343,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11385.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11385.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11385.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11385.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11385.0 MHz... (+6 more), Grant Date: 02/11/2015, Expiration Date: 02/11/2025, Cancellation Date: 08/16/2016, Certifier: Kyle B Entz, Registrant: Sprint Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S: Varesa-0209, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (800) 572-8256, Fax: (703) 433-4483, Email:
  • ST72XC735, Cr2, N Of Cr2100 (Lat: 39.719278 Lon: -90.810083), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 102.4 m, Overall height: 106.4 m, Call Sign: WRBU744,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, 11505.0 MHz, Grant Date: 06/25/2018, Expiration Date: 06/25/2028, Certifier: Kyle Entz, Registrant: Sprint Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S: Varesa0209, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (800) 572-8256, Fax: (703) 433-4483, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA9TKV, Licensee ID: L00944686, Grant Date: 11/24/2004, Expiration Date: 02/21/2015, Cancellation Date: 02/22/2017, Certifier: Wyvetta M Davis, Registrant: Wyvetta M Davis, Rr 1 Box 56, New Salem, IL 62357

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in New Salem, IL
  • 51.2%Utility gas
  • 46.4%Electricity
  • 2.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in New Salem, IL
  • 100.0%Utility gas


New Salem compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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