Salem Township, Perry County, Missouri

Salem Township, Missouri
Civil Township

Location of Perry County
Coordinates: 37°43′39″N 89°42′07″W / 37.72759°N 89.70203°W / 37.72759; -89.70203Coordinates: 37°43′39″N 89°42′07″W / 37.72759°N 89.70203°W / 37.72759; -89.70203[1]
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
  Total 49 sq mi (126 km2)
  Land 48 sq mi (122 km2)
  Water 2 sq mi (4 km2)  3.17%%
GNIS Feature ID 767156

Salem Township is one of the eight townships located in Perry County, Missouri, in the United States of America.


Salem Township was named after the town Salem. Salem was a common name for churches and towns at that time. However, when postmaster Farrar attempted to register the community under the name of Salem, he found the name had already been taken. His name was used instead. Salem, nonetheless, was used to name the township.[2]


Salem Township is situated in the eastern part of Perry County, and was organized between 1870-1890. There are 2 unincorporated communities in Salem Township: Crosstown and Farrar. The course of Cinque Hommes Creek flows through Salem Township, where its mouth empties into the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River forms the eastern border of the township.[2]


2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 673 people residing in the township. The racial makeup of the township was 96.9% White, 1.7% Black, 0.1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races. [3] [4] The median age is 41. 61.34% of people in Salem township are married. 6.17% are divorced.

The average household size is 2.77 people. 33.51% of people are married, with children. 4.64% have children, but are single.[5][3]


  1. "Township of Salem". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  2. 1 2 The State Historical Society of Missouri: Perry County Place Names
  3. 1 2 Missouri: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing
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