Profile for Salem, Massachusetts, MA
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Salem is a city in Essex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Hebrew for "peace."
The latitude of Salem is 42.519N. The longitude is -70.897W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 42,067.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Salem demographic reports
Salem is on the Atlantic Ocean.
The city was founded in 1626 by Roger Conant and others from Plymouth and Cape Ann.
Early shipping fortunes were built on tea from China and pepper from Sumatra.
Scene of infamous witch trials in the late 17th century
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 98. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
· George Swinton Parker, founder of Parker Brothers game company
· Nathanial Bowditch, maritime navigator
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem Witch Museum, House of the Seven Gables, Ropes Mansion, Pierce-Nichols House, John Ward House, Gardner-Pingree House
Colleges and universities:
Salem State College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 147
Here stored in old landmarks is the romance of swift clipper ships, of bellying sails, of masts stripped for the gale, of sailors' oaths and sailors' roaring chanteys, of ambition and avarice, of mansions built by merchant princes and delicate women nurtured in them.
-- WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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Ancestry & family history
3% of Salem residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Salem ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Salem was $23,857, compared with $21,587 nationally.
31% of Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Salem include Chestnut Street District, Derby Waterfront District, Salem Common Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $634. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,400.
Libraries in Salem include Salem Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Salem include Salem Gazette, Salem News
The average commute time for Salem workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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“ Here stored in old landmarks is the romance of swift clipper ships, of bellying sails, of masts stripped for the gale, of sailors' oaths and sailors' roaring chanteys, of ambition and avarice, of mansions built by merchant princes and delicate women nurtured in them. ”
~ WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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