Salem, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
|• Total||32.4 sq mi (83.9 km2)|
|• Land||29.7 sq mi (76.9 km2)|
|• Water||2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)|
|Elevation||741 ft (226 m)|
|• Density||332.5/sq mi (128.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1584093|
Salem is a town in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,871 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Benet Lake, Camp Lake, Fox River, Lake Shangrila, Salem, Salem Oaks, Trevor, Voltz Lake, and Wilmot are located in the town. The incorporated villages of Paddock Lake, and Silver Lake are located entirely within the town of Salem borders, but have separate boards and jurisdictions.
The first settler in Salem proper was John Dodge, in June 1837, and shortly thereafter General Bullen and David Bullen settled on the east bank of the Fox River and surveyed and platted a village, hoping to make Salem a main head of Fox River navigation. A bridge spanning the river was called "Bullen's Bridge."
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.4 square miles (83.9 km²), of which, 29.7 square miles (76.9 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (8.34%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,871 people, 3,529 households, and 2,653 families residing in the town. The population density was 332.5 people per square mile (128.4/km²). There were 3,939 housing units at an average density of 132.7 per square mile (51.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.33% White, 0.53% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.
There were 3,529 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $54,392, and the median income for a family was $60,032. Males had a median income of $41,458 versus $28,438 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,814. About 5.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
Paddock Lake and Salem are served by Westosha Central High School (located in Paddock Lake), and Salem Elementary School.
- Francis Paddock, physician and legislator
- George M. Robinson, pioneer and legislator
- Matt G. Siebert, legislator