Salem, South Dakota

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Salem is a city in and the county seat of McCook County, South Dakota, United States.[4] The population was 1,371 at the 2000 census. The current mayor is Kennth Scott, a long-time resident. Salem at one-time called "Melas". This was to prevent confusion with the now non-existent community of Salena, South Dakota.[5]


Salem is located at 43°43′34″N 97°23′12″W / 43.72611°N 97.38667°W / 43.72611; -97.38667 (43.725989, -97.386533)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Salem has been assigned the ZIP code 57058 and the FIPS place code 57340.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,371 people, 588 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,346.3 people per square mile (519.0/km²). There were 640 housing units at an average density of 628.5/sq mi (242.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.69% White, 0.07% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

Of the 588 households, 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.6% consisted of a lone resident 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,500, and the median income for a family was $44,167. Males had a median income of $29,350 versus $20,227 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,596. 3.4% of the population and 1.9% of families were below the poverty line. 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 4.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


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