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4.56% growth
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1.19% decline
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The economy of Salem city, VA employs 12,357 people. The economy of Salem city, VA is specialized in Finance & Insurance; Wholesale trade; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 1.39; 1.38; and 1.36 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Salem city, VA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (2,102), Educational Services (1,558), and Retail trade (1,517), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($54,296), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($48,403), and Utilities ($39,297).

Median household income in Salem city, VA is $52,351. Males in Salem city, VA have an average income that is 1.42 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,122. The income inequality of Salem city, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Salem city, VA. In Salem city, VA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 157 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,355. Petersburg city, VA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Virginia.


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Salem city, VA is home to a population of 25,290 people, from which 98.3% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Salem city, VA is composed of 21,679 White residents (85.7%), 1,882 Black residents (7.44%), 847 Hispanic residents (3.35%), 492 Asian residents (1.95%), and 370 Two+ residents (1.46%). The most common foreign languages in Salem city, VA are Spanish (565 speakers), French (115 speakers), and Scandinavian (84 speakers), but compared to other places, Salem city, VA has a relative high number of Scandinavian (84 speakers), Other West Germanic (47 speakers), and Hindi (77 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Salem city, VA awarded 1,078 degrees. The student population of Salem city, VA is skewed towards females, with 326 male students and 752 female students. Most students in Salem city, VA are White (758 and 70.3%), followed by Black or African American (201 and 18.6%), Two or more races (37 and 3.43%), and Hispanic or Latino (32 and 2.97%). The largest universities in Salem city, VA by number of graduates are American National University (554 and 51.4%), Roanoke College (465 and 43.1%), and ITT Technical Institute-Salem (59 and 5.47%). The most popular majors in Salem city, VA are General Business Administration & Management (99 and 9.2%), General Psychology (54 and 5.01%), and General Biological Sciences (39 and 3.62%). The median tuition costs in Salem city, VA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $39,720 and $39,720 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Salem city, VA is $173,800, which is 0.85 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $173,100 to $173,800, a 0.4% increase. The homeownership rate of Salem city, VA is 64.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Salem city, VA have an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Salem city, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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