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Salem, Arkansas - Basic Facts

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The City of Salem had a population of 1,549 as of July 1, 2017. Salem ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Salem is located at latitude 36.3721 and longitude -91.8245 in Fulton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Salem (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Fulton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 663 feet.

The City of Salem (GNIS ID: 2405404) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Salem is located within Township of Benton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fulton County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salem: Pilot Hill.

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Salem, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,549
Daytime Population: Workers 1,541
Daytime Population: Residents 848
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,389
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.54
Population in Households 1,484
Population in Familes 1,152
Population in Group Qrtrs 65
Population Density2 418
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $24,942
Average Household Income $39,354
Per Capita Income $18,150


Total Housing Units 817 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 434 (53.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 246 (30.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 137 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $94,007
Average Home Value $118,621


Total Households 680
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 409
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.74% -0.48%
Households -0.63% -0.48%
Families -0.2% -0.64%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   2.05%

Salem, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 170 69th
Population Density # 274 49th
Diversity Index # 471 13th
Median Household Income # 517 4th
Per Capita Income # 431 20th

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