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About Salem, New Hampshire
Salem is situated in the southeastern part of New Hampshire, near the Massachusetts border and only 32 miles from Boston. About 28,800 residents live here, as of 2014 U.S. census data. Named for the nearby city of Salem, MA, the town is almost evenly divided between male and female residents, and 31% of residents over the age of 25 hold bachelor's degrees or higher, according to 2010-2014 census information.
Salem has a historic town center and numerous local attractions, including America's Stonehenge, Canobie Lake Park and Rockingham Racetrack. Salem also benefits from its proximity to the Boston metropolitan area, which offers easy access to museums, cultural events and recreational activities.
Nearby schools are found in Nashua and Hudson, NH, and across the state line in Massachusetts. Rivier University, in Nashua, is a 4-year private school that enrolls around 2,300 students. St. Joseph School of Nursing, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester Community College and Saint Anselm College are all in-state schools within 20 miles of Salem.
Southern New Hampshire University is the largest in-state school near Salem. It enrolls around 43,000 students in its associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.
Economy and Employers
Salem has a business community made up of a number of different sectors, including government, education and healthcare. Private employment is varied and features small manufacturing businesses, financial services and a large retail sector. Salem's retail stores attract people from outside the state because New Hampshire doesn't charge sales tax.
Large employers in the town include Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network, J.C. Penney and Salem Haven. Investments in the Salem area have led to the creation of new shopping districts, business parks and offices. The town's unemployment rate was 5.4% in 2014.