Salem, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Salem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Salem Census Designated Place had a population of 2,210 as of July 1, 2018. Salem ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Salem is located at latitude 35.6997 and longitude -81.7003 in Burke County. The formal boundaries for the Salem Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Burke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,217 feet.

The Salem Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402818) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Salem Census Designated Place is located within Township of Morganton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Burke County.

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Salem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,210
Population in Households 2,210
Population in Familes 1,821
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 516
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $40,843
Average Household Income $52,893
Per Capita Income $21,937


Total Housing Units 1,067 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 672 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 271 (25.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 124 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $141,770
Average Home Value $186,513


Total Households 943
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 648
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.04% 0.14%
Households -0.05% 0.08%
Families 0.21% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.77%
Per Capita Income   3.1%

Salem, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 303 59th
Population Density # 445 40th
Diversity Index # 589 21st
Median Household Income # 433 42nd
Per Capita Income # 455 39th

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