South Salem is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,441 people and two constituent neighborhoods, South Salem is the 196th largest community in New York.
South Salem home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but South Salem real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
South Salem is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.10% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Salem is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Salem who work in management occupations (17.55%), business and financial occupations (13.15%), and sales jobs (11.09%).
Of important note, South Salem is also a town of artists. South Salem has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape South Salem’s character.
Also of interest is that South Salem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in South Salem telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.38% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, South Salem is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, South Salem is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, South Salem really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is South Salem perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In South Salem, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.30 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though South Salem is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in South Salem. 71.45% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in South Salem in 2018 was $83,081, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $332,324 for a family of four.
South Salem is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in South Salem include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in South Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.