City Of SalemAbout Salem, Missouri
Welcome to Salem, Missouri, located in the heart of the Ozarks in south central
Missouri. Salem is 25 miles southeast of Interstate 44 at the intersections of
four state highways: 72, 32, 19, & 68. Salem is fifteen miles from the
population center of the nation, approximately two hours from St. Louis,
Springfield, Columbia and Jefferson City, MO. Salem’s population is nearly 5,000
and the county seat of Dent County, with a population exceeding 15,000. Click here for more info.
Rich in Resources
Home to US Foodservice and many wood related industries, Salem is known for
its friendly people and enjoyable community. Doe Run Mining and Recycling are
close by. Blessed with some of the greatest outdoor scenery, beautiful trees,
Ozark Mountains, big valleys, open spaces and spring-fed streams; the Salem area a wonderful place to work and play. Population density is low, yet the area is rich in resources and amenities.
‘Cost of Living’ is among the lowest in the nation.
Events and Festivals
There is nearly always something going on in the Salem area. You will find everything from downtown parades to the National
Sports Car annual event, “Rally in the 100 Acre Woods”, ATV’s to Corvettes,
canoe floaters to turkey hunters, artists to country music bands, and everything
Salem is a fourth class city with a Mayor-Alderman form of government. It is
the county seat of Dent County and serves as the hub for the entire community.
Salem attracts hundreds of people that come to work, shop and have fun.
There are four distinct seasons with an average temperature of 75.5 degrees
Fahrenheit in the summer and 34.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Elevation
is approximately 1,100 feet and the climate is mild with an average rainfall of
42”. For current weather, click here.
Salem enjoys a rich history and boasts many historic homes, quiet neighborhoods, abundant parks, and friendly people
The Current River is a popular destination for families and sportsmen
The "Rally in the 100 Acre Wood" is one of many annual events that draws visitors to Salem from all over the country