Salem, Ohio Community Profile
Salem is Centrally Located
The City of Salem is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeastern Ohio.
It is centrally located about 65 miles from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland and approximately
20 miles southwest of the industrial city of Youngstown, Ohio. Founded and settled
by the Friends (a.k.a. the Quakers) religious group in 1806, the city was active
in the early anti-slavery movement from the early to mid 1800’s. Many of the beautiful
century homes involved with the underground railroad are still standing along historic
South Lincoln Avenue.
Salem the Trade Center
Salem serves as a trade center for the surrounding area, providing most of the shopping
and health facilities, as well as commercial service and industrial employment.
The community of Salem has over 90 manufacturing and industrial service firms. The
wide array of businesses produce everything from molded plastics, hams and bacon,
pumps, electric furnaces, rolling mills, plumbing fixtures, furniture, hydraulic
valves and cylinders to machine tools, labels, castings, periscopes, tools and dies,
wood/coal stoves, labeling equipment, aluminum sign blanks, corrugated boxes, vehicle
ramps and jacks. The city also offers a 145 acre Industrial Park which contains
42 lots with the possibility of future expansion.
Salem's Educational Programs
Salem’s fine school system, which was a pioneer in vocational education, has offered
a comprehensive program since 1933. Three grade schools, and the junior high and
senior high school comprise the general education program. Residents can pursue
continuing education courses, two-year associate and limited Bachelor’s degree programs
at the Salem Branch of Kent State University. Programs in mechanical and electrical
technology, and courses of study in accounting, secretarial, nursing and computer
technology are also available. The Kent State City Center located in the heart of
Salem on North Lincoln Avenue houses the Hannah E. Mullins School of Nursing, the
Workforce Development Department, and several other non-profit organizations from
the Salem area.
The city owns over 300 acres of parks that contain lighted baseball diamonds, lighted
tennis courts, and lighted basketball courts as well as picnic shelters, volleyball
courts, and modern playground equipment. Salem’s Centennial Park contains the city’s
municipal swimming pool. Waterworth Memorial Park features a bandshell that provides
a place to hold summertime concerts and summer theatrical productions. The park
also features a walking trail and waterfowl nature center.
Salem's Community Gem
The Salem Community Center located on North Ellsworth is a private, not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life within our community.
Salem Community Center features a lap, diving and training pool, spa and saunas,
multi-purpose gym, cardio-strength training room, fitness assessment room, walking
and jogging track, an activity center, game room and learning lab geared for young
people, and community and meeting rooms for business and pleasure. The Center Circle
Sports Complex was added and opened during the fall of 2007.
Salem is Easily Accessible
Salem has good highway transportation routes with U.S. 62, SR 14, 45, 9 and SR 11,
seven miles east known as the “Lake-to-River Freeway,” providing access to I-76,
I-80, and I-90. The community also has rail service provided by CSX.