Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Salem, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Salem.
Population: 43,132 (2016)
Number of Households: 18,070
ZIP Codes: 01970, 01971
Salem is a small coastal city in Massachusetts' most northern county of Essex. Despite its small size, Salem is easily one of the most infamous cities in all of Massachusetts. Its turbulent history aside, modern day Salem is a tourist hub. The city's economy is geared around entertainment, recreation and arts. With that said, healthcare and social assistance are the most dominant industries in the area, followed by trade and education. Unemployment is at 4.6%, which puts Salem well below the national average.
Much like the it's the case in most other small cities in Massachusetts, Salem isn't plagued with violent crime. As a matter of fact the rates are very close to the state and national average. Far more serious issue is property crime which is far above state average and near national average. Compared to most of its neighboring cities, Salem is by far the most unsafe with Lynn being the only major exception. Due to the severity of this situation, Salem law enforcement agencies have gradually increased the number of officers over the past few years. The result is an overall reduction of crime with tangible results.
Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of the state, Salem is boasting pretty high median property values. If you are looking to move to Salem, an average property will cost you $317,400. When you pair these numbers with the median household income of $61,093, it isn't so odd that only 48.1% of the 18,070 are owned. Salem definitely has one of the largest renting communities in the Essex county and all of Massachusetts.
Early history of Salem is very similar to that of most other historical towns in Massachusetts. Its roots can be traced to a Native American settlement and trading center which existed long before first Europeans arrived in the area. Modern day Salem was first settled in 1626 by a group of immigrants who arrived from Cape Ann. Two years later another group led by John Endecott have joined the original settlers. Over time the community grew and the its original name of Naumkeag was replaced with Salem, which the settlers liked much better.
Next 60 or so years of Salem's history were quite uneventful compared to other similar cities and towns. However, it all changed in 1692 when Salem Witch Trials took place. It all started with allegations of witchcraft which saw 20 people imprisoned and ultimately executed. By popular account, the first to go were Abigail Williams, Betty Parris and a number of their friends. Those initial allegations were made by a local physician who diagnosed several girls as bewitched.
The whole ordeal lasted for a year until an edict was issued which would see all of those imprisoned for witchcraft immediately released. Incidentally, Salem's witch hunt overshadows other aspects of this town's history, such as the fact that it is the birthplace of U.S. National Guard.
The list of historical sites worth visiting in Salem is pretty extensive, which is completely understandable. Most tourists start their tour in the Salem Witch Museum. Here you can learn all about the witch trials and check out a number of artifacts which were preserved to this day. Gallows Hill Museum offers another take on Salem Witch Trials, but it also gives you an insight into the legends and mysteries which have surrounded this event.
Then we have the New England Pirate Museum with its dockside village which was fully recreated to be historically accurate. When it comes to food and entertainment, Salem has some of the best seafood restaurants in this part of Massachusetts. Adriatic Restaurant offers a great take on European cuisine, especially the fresh fish dishes and pasta.
Aside from its rich history, Salem is also the birthplace of a number of notable people. The most famous Salem resident has got to be Alexander Graham Bell - the inventor of telephone. Frank Weston Benson is also from Salem. Known for his realistic portraits, he has greatly contributed to the American Impressionist movement of the time.
Among the more recent celebrities, we can single out Rick Brunson, who is among the most famous NBA players in the region. Additionally, Rob Oppenheim - a professional golfer, is also from Salem. Truth be told, most of Salem's notable residents lived here in the 18th and 19th century.