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The Salem CDP(1) had a population of 2,742 as of July 1, 2022. Salem ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density 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 34.629 and longitude -92.5582 in Saline County. The formal boundaries for the Salem Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 3.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Saline County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 472 feet.

The Salem Census Designated Place has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Salem Census Designated Place is located within Township of Salem, a minor civil division (MCD) of Saline County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Salem, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 2,742 (100%)
Population in Households 2,742 (100.0%)
Population in Families 2,335 (85.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 872
Diversity Index2 31


Median Household Income $78,772
Average Household Income $96,905
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $38,310
Wealth Index5 83


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,163 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 896 (77.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 204 (17.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 63 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $246,163
Average Home Value $290,719
Housing Affordability Index3 163


Total Households 1,100
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 823
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 3.39% 1.90%
Households 3.46% 1.92%
Families   1.90%
Median Household Income   2.66%
Per Capita Income   3.14%
Owner Occupied HU   1.99%

Salem, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salem to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 111 82nd
Population Density # 82 87th
Median Household Income # 17 97th
Housing Affordability Index # 259 41st
Per Capita Income # 37 94th
Diversity Index # 340 46th

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