Profile for Salem, Illinois, IL
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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.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Salem demographic reports
Capt. Samuel Young settled here after fleeing the devastation of the 1811 earthquake in New Madrid, MO
Boomed in the 1930s with the discovery of oil
Local lore says that Miracle Whip was invented by a local restaurateur, who sold the recipe in 1931 for $300
Well-known residents have included:
· William Jennings Bryan, political leader
· John T. Scopes, convicted in the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" for teaching evolution in a Dayton, TN, high school. The case was later dismissed by an appellate court
Local festivals include:
- Marion County Fair - July 27-Aug. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Salem web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: William Jennings Bryan Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
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.
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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.
Hotels in Salem include Comfort Inn Salem, Salem Inn, Super 8.
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Other IL communities named Salem:
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�Knox County township
�Marion County township
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