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Salem Township, Michigan
Township Hall at Six Mile and Salem Road
Township Hall at Six Mile and Salem Road
Official seal of Salem Township, Michigan
Location within Washtenaw County
Location within Washtenaw County
Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan is located in Michigan
Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan
Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
 • Total 34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
 • Land 34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
922 ft (281 m)
 • Total 5,627
 • Density 164.12/sq mi (63.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48105 (Ann Arbor)
48167, 48168 (Northville)
48170 (Plymouth)
48175 (Salem)
48178 (South Lyon)
Area code(s) 248 and 734
FIPS code 26-71130
GNIS feature ID 1627035

Salem Township is a civil township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located northeast of Ann Arbor. At the 2010 census, the township population was 5,627.


  • Salem is an unincorporated community in the northeast corner of the township. Settled in 1825 by the cousins John and Joseph Dickerson, the hamlet is located along 6 Mile Road and Salem Road. The CSX Plymouth Subdivision railway forms the eastern border of the community. The township hall is located here.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.3 square miles (88.8 km²), all land.

Salem is host to an Advanced Disposal-owned landfill, the Arbor Hills Landfill. The landfill was formerly owned by Veolia Environmental Services and is one of the largest landfills in the state. A large portion of revenue comes from Canadian trash kept in this landfill. Much of the revenue brought in by the landfill goes to the county government, and a smaller portion goes to the local government. Income generated from this landfill allows the township to levy no taxes for residents. This income also pays for government services including office staff and public safety. The current rate is between 24 and 28 mills total to the resident homeowner (depending on the school district).

ZIP codes:

  • 48175 - Salem
  • 48178 - South Lyon
  • 48105 - Ann Arbor
  • 48170 - Plymouth
  • 48167 & 48168 - Northville


At the 2000 census, there were 5,562 people, 1,928 households and 1,615 families residing in the township. The population density was 162.2 per square mile (62.6/km2). There were 2,031 housing units at an average density of 59.2 per square mile (22.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.97% White, 1.33% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,928 households, of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.6% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.2% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.13.

27.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median household income was $69,258 and the median family income was $75,115. Males had a median income of $50,813 compared with $31,729 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,450. About 0.8% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.



School districts serving Salem Township:

  • South Lyon Community Schools
  • Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • Northville Public Schools
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools


  • Salem Elementary School

Notable people

  • Melbourne H. Ford- Michigan Congressman was at Salem in 1849.
  • Barbara Lewis, singer, "Baby I'm Yours", was born in Salem.
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