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Salem is a city in Marion County, in the Centralia metro area.
It is the county seat. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Salem. For links to other places called Salem, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Salem is 38.626N. The longitude is -88.945W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 538 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 7,747.
Boomed in the 1930s with the discovery of oil
Sections below provide additional information and links about Salem demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Marion County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62881 ZIP code.
26% of Salem residents report German ancestry, and 14% 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 $16,954, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Salem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Salem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $277. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $700.
Libraries in Salem include Bryan-Bennett Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Salem include Salem Times Commoner
Marion County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Salem political report.
The average commute time for Salem workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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