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Salem, North Carolina
Census-designated place
Location of Salem, North Carolina
Location of Salem, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Burke
 • Total 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 • Land 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,214 ft (370 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,218
 • Density 517/sq mi (199.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28655
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-58740
GNIS feature ID 0994153

Salem is a census-designated place (CDP) in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,218 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Gilboa Methodist Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


Salem is located in central Burke County at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (35.703920, -81.698820). It is bordered to the north by the city of Morganton, the county seat.

U.S. Route 64 (Burkemont Avenue) is the main road through the community, leading north into Morganton and southwest 29 miles (47 km) to Rutherfordton. Interstate 40 passes along the northern edge of the CDP, with access from Exit 103 (US-64).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km2), all land.


As of the census of 2010, there were 2,218 people, 1,036 households, and 678 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 692.3 people per square mile (267.4/km²). There were 1,032 housing units at an average density of 227.9 per square mile (88.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.86% White, 15.91% African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.44% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.

There were 998 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 21.8% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 153.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 147.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $32,050, and the median income for a family was $45,430. Males had a median income of $28,672 versus $21,913 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,506. About 9.5% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 17.7% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools

  • Salem Elementary School
  • Robert Logan Patton High School
  • Liberty Middle School

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