Why Salem

Why Salem?

Salem Ohio Heart of It All pointer

As the  largest city in Columbiana County, Salem is home to some of the largest employers in Columbiana County.  One reason these companies call Salem home is Salem’s convenient location in the center of the Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh TechBelt with easy access to I-80, I-76, I-77 & I-79.  Salem’s location also offers access to 4 major airports, Pittsburgh International, Cleveland Hopkins, Youngstown-Warren, and Akron-Canton and several ports including Ohio River Ports and Lake Erie.

Filled With Possibilities.

  • Live. Work. Play. >

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    A great place to live, work and play.

    Recreational activities are plentiful in Salem, with 4 parks and City lake covering over 300 acres. A state of the art Community Center with indoor pool, multiple gyms, track, soccer field & fitness floor will satisfy any fitness enthusiast. Take a stroll through Historical Downtown Salem and visit the many locally owned restaurants and retailers or take in a show at the Community Theater.  Small town living and big city amenities with an affordable cost of living, low tax rates and utilities make Salem a great place to call home and a great place to grow your business!

  • Ideal Location. Location. Location. >

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    Ideally located within 500 miles of:

    • 60% of the U.S. effective buying income
    • 40% of the Canadian population
    • 55% of all U.S. manufacturing
    • 10 of the top 25 U.S. metro markets
    • 50% of the U.S. population
    • 41% of all U.S. households
    • 55% of all manufacturing facilities
    • 58% of the top 500 U.S. industrial headquarters
    • 56% of the top 500 U.S. service corporations

    The center of the Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh TechBelt - Within 75 miles of:

    • Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Akron OH, Canton OH, Erie PA
    • 6.8 Million people
    • 10,650 manufacturing plants
    • 10,320 wholesale/distribution centers
    • 20 Fortune 500 company headquarters
    • 2 international airports- that move 177 million tons of cargo per year
    • 3 regional airports
    • 95 college and university campus locations

    The Salem Area is located just 20 miles, 30 minutes southwest of Youngstown and includes the City of Salem the surrounding townships of Perry, Goshen, Green, Salem and Butler spanning the border of Columbiana and Mahoning counties. At the 2010 Census the Salem Area population at 30,409.

    Locations within an 8 hour driving radius of Salem Ohio.

    Salem is a principal city of the Salem, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Columbiana County. The small portion of the city that extends into Mahoning County is considered part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  • Market Access >

    Only 8 hours drive time to Chicago and New York City

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    Interstate access to:

    • I-80 East & West only 19 miles
    • I-76 East & West only 17 miles
    • I-77 North & South only 29 miles
    • I-79 North and South only 57 miles

    Airport access to:

    • Pittsburgh International Airport only 50 miles
    • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport only 70 miles
    • Akron-Canton Airport only 32 miles
    • Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport only 32 miles

    Shipping Access to:

    • Lake Erie shipping - Ashtabula, Cleveland, Conneaut and Erie
    • Ohio River ports - Pittsburgh, East Liverpool and Wellsville
    • Rail Access through Salem
  • Low Costs - Living & Business >

    • The area's low cost of doing business and low cost of living makes this market one of the most affordable in the nation
    • Nationally lower median housing costs
    • Low tax rates
    • Lower utility costs (Salem is cited as one of 15 communities out of 585 in Ohio with the lowest water rates as stated in 2010 Ohio EPA Sewer and Water rate survey)
  • Top Employers >

    • Ventra Salem - (825 employees)
    • Fresh Mark, Inc. (775 employees)
    • Salem Regional Medical Center (761 employees)
    • Walmart (320 employees)
    • Butech Bliss (278 employees)
    • American Standard (272 employees)
    • Salem City School (222 employees)
    • Hickey Metal Fabrication (176 employees)
    • MAC Manufacturing - 172 employees

    And many other diverse small, medium and large businesses and organizations.

  • Top Industries >

    • Manufacturing (2,135 jobs)
    • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,894 jobs)
    • Retail Trade (1,112 jobs)
    • Accommodation and Food Services (530 jobs)
    • Other (346 jobs)
    • Educational Services (319 jobs)
    • Administration & Support, Waste Management and Remediation (226 jobs)
    • Finance and Insurance (142 jobs)
    • Construction (124 jobs)
    • Information (119 jobs)
    • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (112 jobs)
    • Wholesale Trade (108 jobs)
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (90 jobs)
  • Small Town Life - Metropolitan Advantage >

    • Outdoor recreation including in town Parks (4 sites with 79 Acres),City Lake (220 Acres)
    • Historic Downtown and residential neighborhoods
    • Historical Society and Museum
    • School system offering more AP and College option classes than many larger districts
    • Kent State University Regional Campus
    • A medical care infrastructure including Salem Regional Medical Center, dialysis and cancer treatment centers, multiple levels and locations for senior living, and many primary care and specialty physician practices
    • State of the art Community Center with indoor pool, multiple gyms, track, soccer field & fitness floor
    • A large & active Community Foundation which supports the arts, culture, recreation and social service
    • Community Theater
    • State of the art digital movie theatre
    • Many youth recreation opportunities including organized baseball, soccer, basketball, scouting and others
    • Numerous local (Non Franchise) Restaurants
    • Abundant Retail shopping
    • Multiple Groceries
    • Short drive to Metropolitan style malls, retail, entertainment, recreation, etc.

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Why Salem.

We support your business growth through site selection, retention, expansion, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, workforce development and quality of life. No wonder, businesses are Growing In Salem.

How SOD Center Does Work for You.

"We support all businesses, small and large, to attract, retain, expand and develop. We help build entrepreneurship, provide training facilities and connect you with the right resources – while collaborating with regional, state and national resources. We are all Growing in Salem." - Julie Needs, Executive Director, SOD Center