Salem, Illinois

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Salem is a city located in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the county seat of Marion County. The population was 7909 at the 2000 census.

Salem is the birthplace of William Jennings Bryan[1] and his brother vice presidential candidate Charles W. Bryan, the G. I. Bill of Rights, and Miracle Whip salad dressing. It is also home to three homes on the National Register of Historic Places: the Charles and Naomi Bachmann House; the Badollet House; and the William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home.

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Geography

Salem is located at 38°37′42″N 88°56′53″W / 38.62833°N 88.94806°W / 38.62833; -88.94806 (38.628195, -88.948168).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.56%) is water.

Townships

Alma, Carrigan, Centalia, Foster, Haines, Iuka, Kell, Kinmundy, Meacham, Odin, Omega, Patoka, Raccoon, Romine, Salem, Sandoval, Stevenson, Tonti, Farina, Effingham

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7909 people, 4,249 households, and 3,082 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,296.5 people per square mile (500.6/km²). There were 3,473 housing units at an average density of 569.3/sq mi (219.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.13% White, 0.72% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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