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West Salem, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of West Salem had a population of 854 as of July 1, 2017. West Salem ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Salem is located at latitude 38.5201 and longitude -88.0093 in Edwards County. The formal boundaries for the Village of West Salem (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Edwards County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 525 feet.

The Village of West Salem (GNIS ID: 2400144) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of West Salem is located within Salem Number 2 Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Edwards County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Salem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Salem: New Salem.

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West Salem, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 854
Daytime Population: Workers 169
Daytime Population: Residents 443
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 612
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.72
Population in Households 845
Population in Familes 701
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density2 544
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $44,754
Average Household Income $55,343
Per Capita Income $22,717


Total Housing Units 453 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 291 (64.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 53 (11.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 109 (24.1%)
Median Home Value $61,436
Average Home Value $73,625


Total Households 344
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 237
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.68% -1.0%
Households -0.78% -1.07%
Families -0.73% -1.21%
Median Household Income   1.56%
Per Capita Income   2.44%

West Salem, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Salem to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 755 45th
Population Density # 1056 23rd
Diversity Index # 1031 25th
Median Household Income # 1009 26th
Per Capita Income # 1081 21st

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