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Salem, South Dakota
"A City To Grow In......."
Location in McCook County and the state of South Dakota
Location in McCook County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County McCook
Incorporated 1888
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,522 ft (464 m)
 • Total 1,325
 • Density 1,028.00/sq mi (396.80/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-57340
GNIS feature ID 1257765

Salem is a city in and the county seat of McCook County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,325 at the 2020 census. The current mayor is Shawn English.


Salem was founded in 1880 and named after the postmaster's hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem at one time was called Melas ('Melas' is Salem spelled backwards). This was to prevent confusion with the now non-existent community of Salena, South Dakota.


Salem is located at 43°43′34″N 97°23′12″W / 43.72611°N 97.38667°W / 43.72611; -97.38667 (43.725989, -97.386533).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2), all of it land.

Salem has been assigned the ZIP code 57058 and the FIPS place code 57340.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 429
1900 741 72.7%
1910 1,097 48.0%
1920 1,187 8.2%
1930 1,115 −6.1%
1940 1,185 6.3%
1950 1,119 −5.6%
1960 1,188 6.2%
1970 1,391 17.1%
1980 1,486 6.8%
1990 1,289 −13.3%
2000 1,371 6.4%
2010 1,347 −1.8%
2020 1,325 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,347 people, 567 households, and 362 families living in the city. The population density was 1,086.3 inhabitants per square mile (419.4/km2). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 537.9 per square mile (207.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 567 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 23.8% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.



Salem, South Dakota is home to one public school and one private school. The private school (Saint Mary's) teaches kindergarten to eighth grade, while the public school (McCook Central) teaches students from kindergarten to high school.

McCook Central High School had a student to teacher ratio of 13:1 and had 111 students enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year. The high school's student body makeup for the 2013-2014 school year was 49% male and 51% female. The public school has been under construction for over a year and its $7.1 million dollar building project will soon be completed. The new building will house the middle school and high school students at the school. The new building will be replacing the original school which was built in 1924. The new school will have a stage, performing arts center, commons areas, classrooms, offices, and bathrooms. The most popular student activities at the public school are FFA, band, chorus, and sports.


Salem has a wide variety of places to eat some of which include:

- The Homestead Coffee and Cream Cafe (coffee, homemade pastries, and sandwiches)

- Brewery

- Short Stop

- T & C's Pit Stop

- The End Zone Bar and Grill

-Cafe 81


Salem has its very own country club with a 9 hole golf course and its very own bowling alley. Salem has three parks, a swimming pool, track, football field, gym, yoga, baseball diamond, and 2 softball diamonds. Salem also has its own community library.

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