Salem, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Salem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

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The Salem Census Designated Place had a population of 2,151 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Salem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,151
Daytime Population: Workers 294
Daytime Population: Residents 1,112
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,406
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.65
Population in Households 2,151
Population in Familes 1,764
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 502
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $39,798
Average Household Income $51,449
Per Capita Income $21,363


Total Housing Units 1,047 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 675 (64.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 243 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 129 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $139,506
Average Home Value $177,552


Total Households 918
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 632
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.42% -0.36%
Households -0.43% -0.37%
Families -0.11% -0.48%
Median Household Income   2.08%
Per Capita Income   3.24%

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, 2017 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 # 309 58th
Population Density # 448 40th
Diversity Index # 593 20th
Median Household Income # 418 44th
Per Capita Income # 444 40th

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