Salem, NJ

Salem profile

Living in Salem

Salem is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 4,706 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Salem is the 314th largest community in New Jersey.

Salem is a blue-collar town, with 39.31% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Salem is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salem who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), healthcare suport services (9.65%), and sales jobs (8.35%).

Salem is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

For a small city, Salem has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Salem exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

In Salem, just 7.22% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Salem in 2018 was $17,394, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,576 for a family of four. However, Salem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Salem also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.18% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Salem is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salem residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Salem also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salem include Italian, German, Irish, English, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.