Salem, IL


Salem is a city located in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the county seat of Marion County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,909.

Salem is the birthplace of William Jennings Bryan, the G.I. Bill of Rights and Miracle Whip salad dressing. It is also home to three homes on the National Register of Historic Places: the Charles and Naomi Bachmann House; the Badollet House; and the William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home.


Salem is located at 38°37'42" North, 88°56'53" West (38.628195, -88.948168).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.2 km2 (6.3 mi2). 15.8 km2 (6.1 mi2) of it is land and 0.4 km2 (0.2 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 2.56% water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,909 people, 3,249 households, and 2,082 families residing in the city. The population density was 500.6/km2 (1,296.5/mi2). There were 3,473 housing units at an average density of 219.8/km2 (569.3/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.13% White, 0.72% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,249 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,339, and the median income for a family was $42,070. Males had a median income of $31,811 versus $21,931 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,954. 9.2% of the population and 6.1% of families were below the poverty line. 13.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.