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.
The entrance of Roanoke College
The entrance of Roanoke College
Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
Ducks at Lake Spring Park
Ducks at Lake Spring Park
The Salem Fair
The Salem Fair
Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
Salem in the Winter
Salem in the Winter
City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
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
The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
Salem High School Football takes the field
Salem High School Football takes the field
Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
Salem Street Department snow removal
Salem Street Department snow removal
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
Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
Salem in the Fall
Salem in the Fall
Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
Spartan Field located at Salem High School
Spartan Field located at Salem High School
Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
  • The entrance of Roanoke College
  • Kettle Corn sold at the Salem Farmers Market
  • NCAA Softball at the Moyer Complex
  • Veterans Garden at Sherwood Memorial Park
  • The Moyer Complex was voted the best in America in 2011
  • Ducks at Lake Spring Park
  • The Salem Fair
  • Salem has over four miles of Greenway trails
  • The City of Salem covers over 14 square miles
  • Salem Stadium hosts the NCAA Stagg Bowl every December
  • Olde Salem Days features a number of food vendors
  • Salem in the Winter
  • City Hall located at 114 N. Broad Street
  • The Salem Civic Center has hosted championship basketball for over 45 years
  • Old Salem Days is one of the largest arts & crafts festivals in the East
  • The Salem Museum located on E. Main Street
  • Lewis Gale Field - Home of the Class A Boston Red Sox team
  • Summer concerts on the Salem Farmers Market
  • Antique car show at the Olde Salem Days
  • Salem High School graduation at the Salem Civic Center
  • Salem High School Football takes the field
  • Roanoke College located in the heart of Salem
  • Salem Fair July 4th fireworks
  • Salem Street Department snow removal
  • Ye Olde Salem Christmas on the Farmers Market
  • Flowers on the campus of Roanoke College
  • Apples on the Salem Farmers Market
  • Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street
  • Sherwood Memorial Park on E. Main Street
  • Project Warm is a 2012 Green Award winner
  • Chef's Circle live cooking event during Summer Saturdays
  • Salem in the Fall
  • Lake Spring Park located on West Main Street
  • Gazebo at Lake Spring Park
  • The NCAA Division III National Championship played in Salem Stadium
  • Spartan Field located at Salem High School
  • Salem Municipal Golf Course on Academy Street
  • October Wine & Unwind Festival at the Salem Civic Center
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
   
Salem WiFi Virginia.gov
Roanoke Valley