Salem, North Carolina

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Population in 2010: 2,218. Population change since 2000: -24.1%
Males: 1,164  (52.5%)
Females: 1,054  (47.5%)
Median resident age:  45.8 years
North Carolina median age:  37.9 years

Zip codes: 28655.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,756 (it was $32,050 in 2000)
Salem:

$41,756
NC:

$45,906

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $20,672 (it was $14,506 in 2000)

Salem CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $140,519 (it was $91,300 in 2000)
Salem:

$140,519
NC:

$154,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $323,033; Detached houses: $384,521; Mobile homes: $47,780

Median gross rent in 2013: $650.

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  • Races in Salem, NC (2010)

    Salem races chart
    • 2,05292.5%White alone
    • 944.2%Hispanic
    • 291.3%Two or more races
    • 261.2%Black alone
    • 100.5%Asian alone
    • 50.2%American Indian alone
    • 20.09%Other race alone

Races in Salem detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Salem: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (24.5%), German (11.8%), Irish (9.3%), English (5.8%), Scotch-Irish (5.3%), Dutch (3.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 4.22 square miles.

Population density: 525 people per square mile   (low).

Salem,NC real estate house value index trend

Salem, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Salem:

  • High school or higher: 79.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Salem CDP:

  • Never married: 28.2%
  • Now married: 53.9%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 8.4%

190 residents are foreign born (6.7% Latin America).

This place:

8.6%
North Carolina:

7.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $946 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $686 (0.6%)

Salem satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gastonia, NC (42.6 miles , pop. 66,277).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (59.8 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (464.9 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Morganton, NC (1.6 miles ), Glen Alpine, NC (2.2 miles ), Drexel, NC (2.5 miles ), Valdese, NC (2.9 miles ), Rutherford College, NC (3.2 miles ), Connelly Springs, NC (3.4 miles ), Gamewell, NC (3.6 miles ), Cajah's Mountain, NC (3.7 miles ).

Latitude: 35.70 N, Longitude: 81.70 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Salem household income distribution Salem home values distribution

Salem tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.8%
North Carolina:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (29%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (40%)
  • Educational services (26%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Public administration (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (27%)
  • Sales and related occupations (20%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (3%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (24%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)

Work and jobs in Salem: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Salem, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Salem-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 27% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.7 miles away from the Salem place center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 tornado 21.3 miles away from the place center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Salem-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 134.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 212.9 miles away from Salem center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 127.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 101.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 104.2 miles away from Salem center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 237.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Burke County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Salem topographic map

Birthplace of: Alfred Horatio Belo - Newspaper publisher and Confederate Army soldier.

Hospitals and medical centers near Salem:

  • MAGNOLIA LANE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • J. IVERSON RIDDLE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER (Hospital, about 2 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • WESTERN CAROLINA CENTER HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 2 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • BMA OF BURKE COUNTY INC (Dialysis Facility, about 3 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • CMC-BLUE RIDGE Acute Care Hospitals (about 3 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • BROUGHTON HOSP (Hospital, about 3 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)
  • BROUGHTON HOSPITAL-MEDICAL UNIT (Hospital, about 3 miles away; MORGANTON, NC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Salem:

  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 2 miles; Morganton, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,205)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 16 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (about 24 miles; Hickory, NC; FT enrollment: 3,785)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 29 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • Gardner-Webb University (about 32 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; FT enrollment: 4,241)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 32 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)
  • Appalachian State University (about 36 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)

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Churches in Salem include: Burkemont Baptist Church (A), Deaton Chapel (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Burke County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 63.5. This is about average.

City:

63.5
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 28.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 16.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.13. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.13
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.2%
(4.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.8% for other race residents, 95.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  67.3%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.1%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
676 people in state prisons in 2000

Salem compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.9
North Carolina average:

12.4

Salem travel time to work - commute Salem mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (71%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14%)
  • Utility gas (7%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Salem CDP (based on Burke County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant41,460141
Mainline Protestant9,78243
Black Protestant2,00612
Other1,1535
Catholic1,0231
None35,717-
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: 20
Burke County:

2.25 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
Burke County:

1.13 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 49
Burke County:

5.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 46
Here:

5.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Burke County:

27.5%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.7%
State:

15.6%

5.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,784 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Catawba County, NC  1.57% ($25,877 average AGI)
from Caldwell County, NC  0.75% ($24,091)
from McDowell County, NC  0.25% ($29,872)


4.88% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,177 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.88%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($244 average AGI)
Burke County:

0.05%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Catawba County, NC  1.05% ($28,013 average AGI)
to Caldwell County, NC  0.60% ($25,457)
to McDowell County, NC  0.28% ($27,517)

Strongest AM radio stations in Salem:

  • WMNC (1430 AM; 3 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: COOPER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKGX (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WSVM (1490 AM; 1 kW; VALDESE, NC; Owner: GHB OF WAXHAW, INC.)
  • WBRM (1250 AM; 5 kW; MARION, NC; Owner: WBRM, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLTC (1370 AM; 20 kW; GASTONIA, NC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Salem:

  • WMNC-FM (92.1 FM; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: COOPER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WFHE (90.3 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY RADIO FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WPEG (97.9 FM; CONCORD, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WLYT (102.9 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNKS (95.1 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLNK (107.9 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Salem:

  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WHKY-TV (Channel 14; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W43AU (Channel 43; MARION, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 10m33ftTotal length
  • 39,200Total average daily traffic
  • 4,360Total average daily truck traffic
  • 78,400Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3$126,0073$112,6139$142,1791$44,4800$02$80,360
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$02$86,6100$01$83,6400$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$04$111,5200$00$01$94,710
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$87,3303$111,2470$00$01$56,780
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0213.01

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 1 partial tract)
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$75,230
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0213.01

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