West Salem, IL Profile: Facts & Data


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West Salem, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of West Salem had a population of 865 as of July 1, 2018. 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 38.5209 and longitude -88.0048 in Edwards County. The formal boundaries for the Village of West Salem 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 1 Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Edwards County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Salem: New Salem.

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West Salem, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 865
Population in Households 856
Population in Familes 713
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density2 551
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $45,603
Average Household Income $56,788
Per Capita Income $23,545


Total Housing Units 448 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 316 (70.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 35 ( 7.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 96 (21.4%)
Median Home Value $62,857
Average Home Value $74,684


Total Households 352
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 242
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.44% -0.63%
Households -0.41% -0.63%
Families -0.39% -0.67%
Median Household Income   0.89%
Per Capita Income   1.75%

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, 2018 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 # 745 46th
Population Density # 1046 24th
Diversity Index # 1149 16th
Median Household Income # 1026 25th
Per Capita Income # 1068 22nd

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