Salem, New Jersey

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Salem is a city in Salem County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 5,857. It is the county seat of Salem County[6], the most rural county in the state of New Jersey.[citation needed] The name Salem is related to the Hebrew word shalom, meaning "peace".[7]

The town and colony of Salem was founded in 1675 by John Fenwick. On February 25, 1858, it was reincorporated as Salem City.[8]



Salem is located at 39°34′11″N 75°28′03″W / 39.569584°N 75.467622°W / 39.569584; -75.467622 (39.569584, -75.467622),[9] along the Salem River.[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (6.79%) is water.

Salem borders Elsinboro Township, Pennsville Township, Mannington Township, Quinton Township, and Lower Alloways Creek Township.

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