About Salem

Salem was founded in 1802, and the first charter was granted in 1806 to "The Town of Salem in the County of Botetourt." The present charter was granted by the General Assembly in 1968, upon petition of the now City of Salem, to reflect the necessary change since Salem has become a City.

The City owns and operates its water system, electric distribution system, and sewerage system. The rates for these services compare favorably with the surrounding territory and the State as a whole.

Situated in the Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on the Roanoke River, Salem possesses all the beauty and grandeur that nature can bestow.
Salem in the Winter
Salem in the Winter
Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
Salem High School Football takes the field
Salem High School Football takes the field
October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
Salem Street Department snow removal
Salem Street Department snow removal
Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
Salem in the Fall
Salem in the Fall
Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
The Salem Fair
The Salem Fair
Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
Ducks at Lake Spring Park
Ducks at Lake Spring Park
Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
The entrance of Roanoke College
The entrance of Roanoke College
Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
Spartan Field located at Salem High School
Spartan Field located at Salem High School
Ye Olde Salem Christmas on the Farmers Market
Ye Olde Salem Christmas on the Farmers Market
Flowers on the campus of Roanoke College
Flowers on the campus of Roanoke College
The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
Old Salem Days is one of the largest arts & crafts festivals in the East
Old Salem Days is one of the largest arts & crafts festivals in the East
Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
  • Salem in the Winter
  • Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
  • Salem High School Football takes the field
  • October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
  • Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
  • Salem Street Department snow removal
  • Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
  • Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
  • Salem in the Fall
  • Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
  • The Salem Fair
  • Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
  • Ducks at Lake Spring Park
  • Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
  • Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
  • Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
  • City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
  • The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
  • The entrance of Roanoke College
  • Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
  • Spartan Field located at Salem High School
  • Ye Olde Salem Christmas on the Farmers Market
  • Flowers on the campus of Roanoke College
  • The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
  • Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
  • Old Salem Days is one of the largest arts & crafts festivals in the East
  • Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
  • Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
  • Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
  • Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
  • NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
  • Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
  • Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
  • Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
  • The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
  • The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
  • The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
  • Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
Facts about Salem:
Real Estate Tax Rate per $100 assessed valuation $1.18
Personal Property Tax Rate per $100 assessed valuation $3.20
Population 1900 Census 3,412
Population 1910 Census 3,849
Population 1920 Census 4,159
Population 1930 Census 4,833
Population 1940 Census 5,737
Population 1950 Census 6,823
Population 1960 Census 16,058
Population 1970 Census 21,982
Population 1980 Census 23,959
Population 1990 Census 23,756
Population 2000 Census 24,747
Population 2010 Census
24,802
Area in square miles 14.31
Elevation above sea level in feet 1,075
Miles of paved streets 133.21
Miles of graveled streets 60
Miles of paved alleys 6.15
Miles of unimproved streets 4.00
   
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