Salem Lakes, Wisconsin

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Salem Lakes, Wisconsin
Location of Salem Lakes, Wisconsin
Location of Salem Lakes, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°31′33″N 88°7′51″W / 42.52583°N 88.13083°W / 42.52583; -88.13083
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Kenosha
 • 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[1] 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 14,558
 • Density 332.5/sq mi (128.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-71125[2]
GNIS feature ID 1584093[1]

Salem Lakes, formerly the town of Salem and the village of Silver Lake, is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The village was created by municipal merger on February 14, 2017.[3] The population was 9,871 at the 2000 census, when the village was still the town of Salem. The communities of Benet Lake, Camp Lake, Fox River, Lake Shangrila, Salem, Salem Oaks, Silver Lake, Trevor, Voltz Lake, and Wilmot are wholly or partially located in the village.


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."[4] On February, 14, 2017, Salem Lakes became a village, including the Village of Silver Lake, Towns of Trevor, Wilmot, and Camp Lake.[5]


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[2] of 2000, there were 9,871 people, 3,529 households, and 2,653 families residing in the town. (Please note that this census occurred before the merger of the village of Silver Lake, and does not include the data from that area.) 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 Wilmot High School located in Wilmot, and Salem Elementary School and Trevor-Wilmot Elementary in Trevor, WI.

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  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Town of Salem/Village of Silver Lake Cooperative Agreement Infomational Documents". Village of Salem Lakes, WI. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ 'Racine Journal,' December 23, 1902, pg 1
  5. ^ Village of Salem Lakes, Wisconsin

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Coordinates: 42°33′17″N 88°06′39″W / 42.55472°N 88.11083°W / 42.55472; -88.11083