Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan

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Salem Township is a general law township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located northeast of Ann Arbor. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 5,562.

The unincorporated community of Salem is located within the township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.3 square miles (88.8 km²), all land.

Salem is host to Veolia Environmental Services landfill, one of the largest landfills in the state. A large portion of revenue comes from Canadian trash kept in this landfill. Much of the revenue brought in by the landfill goes to the county government and a smaller portion goes to the local government.[citation needed] Income generated from this landfill allows the Township to levy no taxes for residents. This income also pays for government services including office staff and public safety. The current rate is between 24 and 28 mills total to the resident homeowner (depending on the school district).

ZIP Codes:

  • 48175 - Salem
  • 48178 - South Lyon
  • 48105 - Ann Arbor
  • 48170 - Plymouth
  • 48167 & 48168 - Northville


School Districts serving Salem Township:



As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,562 people, 1,928 households, and 1,615 families residing in the township. The population density was 162.2 per square mile (62.6/km²). There were 2,031 housing units at an average density of 59.2/sq mi (22.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.97% White, 1.33% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

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