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Population

The population of Salem County rose 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, growing from 64,285 to 66,083.

Race and Ethnicity

  • White – 76.8 percent
  • Black – 13.5 percent
  • Asian – 0.8 percent
  • Hispanic – 6.8 percent
  • Two or more races – 1.7 percent
  • Other (American Indian & Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders, and some other races) – 0.4 percent

Voting record

Salem County has 46 election districts, and 67.3 percent of ballots were cast in the 2012 Election out of its 44,509 registered voters.

Employment by Sector

  • Construction – 7.4 percent
  • Manufacturing – 12.7 percent
  • Retail and wholesale trade – 12.7 percent
  • Transportation and utilities – 9.8 percent
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate – 5 percent
  • Professional and technical services – 11.9 percent
  • Education and health care – 22.1 percent
  • Arts, entertainment, and accommodation – 5.4 percent
  • Public administration – 5.7 percent
  • Other services – 7.4 percent

Unemployment Rate

Salem County’s unemployment rate more than doubled from 2007 until 2012, going from 5 percent to 10.6. The rate spiked between 2008 until 2009 (from 6.3 in 2008 to 10.5 percent in 2009) as did New Jersey and the national trends. Salem County’s unemployment rate followed a similar pattern to that of New Jersey (4.5 percent in 2005 and 9.3 percent in 2012), starting slightly above the state’s rate, but jumping more than 1 percent above after the recession.

Poverty Rate

The poverty rate in Salem County has gone up and down, going as low as 8.9 percent in 2006 and rising to 12.7 percent, before dropping to 10.7 percent in 2012. Salem County’s 2012 total was the only time after 2005 that it was below the rate of New Jersey (8.7 percent in 2005 and 10.8 percent in 2012).

Median Household Income (in current dollars)

The median household income for Salem County increased from 2005 ($53,139) until 2008 ($60,200), and then went up and down but finished flat at $60,360 by 2012. It always stayed far below the median household income in New Jersey ($61,672 in 2005 and $69,667 in 2012), which never fell below $60,000 in that span.

Median Housing Price (in current dollars)

The median housing price in Salem County started at $148,700 in 2005, raised to $215,800 by 2008, but then fell all the way down to $185,800 in 2012. The price in New Jersey remained much higher, following a similar pattern, but starting at $333,900 in 2005, rising to $372,300 in 2007, and falling to $311,600 in 2012.

Housing Occupancy

As of 2012, there are 27,573 housing units in Salem County, 63.8 percent of which are owner-occupied, 26.3 percent are renter-occupied, and 9.8 percent are vacant.