Salem Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Salem Township,
Westmoreland County,
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Salem Township
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Highlighting Salem Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting
Westmoreland County
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Settled 1765
Incorporated 1788
 • Total 47.8 sq mi (124 km2)
 • Land 47.1 sq mi (122 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 6,939
 • Density 147.2/sq mi (56.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Salem Township is a township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,939 at the 2000 census.


Fairview Park, Hannastown Farm, and Slickville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.8 km²), of which, 47.1 square miles (122.1 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (1.40%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,939 people, 2,932 households, and 1,976 families residing in the township. The population density was 147.2 people per square mile (56.8/km²). There were 3,117 housing units at an average density of 66.1/sq mi (25.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.88% White, 1.21% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 2,932 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,467, and the median income for a family was $39,803. Males had a median income of $35,197 versus $22,885 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,937. About 4.7% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 40°25′00″N 79°28′59″W / 40.41667°N 79.48306°W / 40.41667; -79.48306