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0.18% growth
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1.63% growth
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0.41% growth


The economy of Salem city, VA employs 12,506 people. The economy of Salem city, VA is specialized in Wholesale trade; Finance & Insurance; and Utilities, which employ respectively 1.44; 1.37; and 1.35 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 (2,156), Educational Services (1,506), and Retail trade (1,453), 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 $50,068. Males in Salem city, VA have an average income that is 1.18 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,630. The income inequality of Salem city, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444 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 25-34 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 25,165 people, from which 97.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Salem city, VA is composed of 21,582 White residents (85.8%), 1,903 Black residents (7.56%), 794 Hispanic residents (3.16%), 504 Asian residents (2%), and 324 Two+ residents (1.29%). 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 $38,302 and $38,302 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 $173,100, which is 0.89 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $172,400 to $173,100, a 0.41% increase. The homeownership rate of Salem city, VA is 66.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Salem city, VA have an average commute time of 17.3 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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