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Salem, Utah

Coordinates: 40°3′2″N 111°40′21″W / 40.05056°N 111.67250°W / 40.05056; -111.67250
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Salem, Utah
Welcome to Salem sign, March 2017
Welcome to Salem sign, March 2017
City of peace
Making Life Better
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°3′2″N 111°40′21″W / 40.05056°N 111.67250°W / 40.05056; -111.67250
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMay 10, 1920
Named forSalem, Massachusetts
 • TypeStrong Mayor Municipal Format
 • MayorKurt Christensen
 • Total10.53 sq mi (27.26 km2)
 • Land10.50 sq mi (27.21 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
4,610 ft (1,405 m)
 • Total9,298
 • Density885.52/sq mi (341.71/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)385, 801
FIPS code49-65770[2]
GNIS feature ID1445262[3]

Salem is a city in Utah County, Utah. It is part of the Provo–Orem metropolitan area. The population was 9,298 at the time of the 2020 U.S. census. [4] Landmark locations in Salem include the Dream Mine of John Hyrum Koyle and the Salem Pond.


North across Salem Lake (locally known as Salem Pond), May 2016

Known as "Summer Spring" by the Indians, and "Pond Town" by early settlers. Pond Town was first settled in 1851.

Salem was later named after New Salem, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Lyman Curtis, to honor his contributions to the community.[5] Curtis was good with a gun and a bodyguard for Joseph Smith. He was later among the earliest Latter-day Saint settlers in Utah. Curtis also was important in central Utah for founding a lumber mill and being involved in important irrigation efforts.

Salem Days[edit]

Salem Days is a week-long city celebration held in either the first or second week of August every year and are a collective of many activities, including a baby contest, car show, cardboard boat regatta, grand parade, firework show, pageant, children's parade, and movie in the park.[6] It has been going on since 1949 when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked the cities of Utah to celebrate their towns yearly.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Looking southwest along Utah State Route 198 in Salem, May 2016

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,372 people, 1,128 households, and 1,009 families residing in the city. The population density was 825.0 people per square mile (318.5/km2). There were 1,166 housing units at an average density of 220.0 per square mile (84.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.07% White, 0.07% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

There were 1,128 households, out of which 56.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.5% were non-families. 9.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.14.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 40.6% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,813, and the median income for a family was $57,557. Males had a median income of $40,116 versus $22,798 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,507. About 3.1% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.4 km2), of which 10.2 square miles (26.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.23%, is water.[8] Salem is located 4.5 miles south of neighboring Spanish Fork, and 3.3 miles northeast of Payson. [9]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Salem has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[10]


Salem Hills High School, May 2016

Public schools in Salem are part of the Nebo School District. Salem has three elementary schools, one junior high school, one middle school, and one high school. Rick Nielsen is the Superintendent of Schools.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Salem, Utah QuickFacts from US Census )".
  5. ^ Arlene Despain Wilson. "Short History of Salem". Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Salem Days 2018 Schedule of Events". Daily Herald. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Salem city, Utah". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Distance between Salem, UT and Payson, UT".
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Salem, Utah
  11. ^ "Nebo School District". Nebo School District. Retrieved June 17, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • (1994) "Dream Mine" article in the Utah History Encyclopedia. The article was written by Jay M. Haymond and the Encyclopedia was published by the University of Utah Press. ISBN 9780874804256. Archived from the original on March 21, 2024 and retrieved on April 17, 2024.

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