Why Salem

Salem mixes small town, rural living with the advantages offered by a city. The Town continues to grow and attract new commercial and residential development. The low tax burden separates Salem and NH from the adjacent Massachusetts communities. With no personal income tax, sales tax, use tax, inventory tax, estate tax, or capital gain tax, NH has one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the US.




County: Rockingham County

Population: 29,046

Population density: 1,163.0 persons per square mile of land area, the sixth highest among the cities and towns in New Hampshire.

Median Household Income: $79,451 

Median Resident Age: 44.6 years

Square miles: Salem contains 24.8 square miles of land area and 1.1 square miles of inland water area.

Real Estate

Total Housing Units: 11,892 

Average Home Price: $337,100

Property Tax 

2018 Tax Rate: $21.61/$1,000 (Department of Revenue Administration)

2018 Property Valuation $ 4,403,238,701.00


Education attainment

  • Population 25+ with High School diploma or higher: 92.0%
  • Population 25+ with a Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.1%

Cost per student: $14,845.75 (Department of Education; 2016-2017)

Student to teacher ratio: 11:1 (U.S. News 2018)

Graduation Rate: 95.3 percent


Unemployment rate: 3.6% (2017 NH Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau)

*All Statistics are from 2016 US Census American Community Survey unless noted

Top Jobs by Occupation

Source: New Hampshire Division of Economic Development

Ideal Location

Salem is location 33 miles North of Boston, 26 miles from Manchester, 38 miles from Concord, 235 miles from New York City, and from 279 miles to Montreal, Canada. The Town's location offers easy access to I-93 and surrounding interstate highways such as I-495.

Map of labor force within 28-minute commute of Salem, NH



Recently renovated schools, with innovative STEM and Tech programs available to Salem and neighboring communities.

The Salem Career and Technical Education Center offer programs in Automotive Technology, Biomedical Science, Business Pathway, Carpentry, Computer Science & Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Digitial Graphic Applications, and Engineering.

Salem Schools:

Charter Schools:

Post-Secondary Education:

Salem is located within reasonable distance of many universities, colleges, and programs such as:

The University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, Nashua Community College, Rivier University, Saint Anselm, Manchester Community College, Massachusetts College of PharmacyUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell, Northen Essex Community College, and Merrimack College.