December 21, 2017

Salem, Utah

Life in Salem, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Salem:

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Salem Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Salem?

  • How nice the people are. (Mike, 1 year)
  • Super quiet and nice people. (Lexi, 2 years)
  • How peaceful and friendly it is here. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • Schools around Salem. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Safe, beautiful, friendly community feel. (Christina, 5 years)
  • The quietness. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • It’s quiet. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Quiet. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Small town feel and the wonderful people. (Camilla, 9 years)
  • I like to not feel crowded. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Small town feel. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • Salem Days, Quiet neighborhoods, friendly people. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Salem days, safe community, small town. (Cole, 20 years)
  • The small-town atmosphere and Salem pond. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • The small town feel. The safety feeling. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • Small town atmosphere. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • Love the small-town friendliness. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Great Community. (Stephanie, 23 years)
  • The view of the mountains. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • The small town. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • People – Small Town. (Anonymous, 32 years)
  • Small town. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Salem?

  • I don’t have one. (Mike, 1 year)
  • How busy it gets sometimes. (Lexi, 2 years)
  • The roads. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • The incoming Mayor is a Jerk. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Poor city planning. (Christina, 5 years)
  • Not very many restaurants. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Not many fast food/restaurants. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Dairy scent. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • The drive to Provo/Orem. (Camilla, 10 years)
  • People can be rather judge-y. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Cannot think of one. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • Cotton trees. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Roads are terrible. (Cole, 20 years)
  • No good restaurants in Salem. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • How much it is growing. Seeing our town face problems. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • No indoor swimming pool close by, other than the Springville one which is packed and not worth going to. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • Right now, is that it is growing way to fast. It is starting to loss that small town feel. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Not enough water for the exploding growth. (Stephanie, 23 years)
  • Commuting to other cities for work, and shopping. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • Not enough stores. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • Fast growth. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Salem?

  • Go down to the pond. Walk around the streets. See all the different style houses. (Mike, 1 year)
  • Eat haha. (Lexi, 2 years)
  • Salem pond, Salem days. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • Fishing. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Pond. (Christina, 5 years)
  • Salem Pond, parks. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Fishing at the pond, sports and recreation. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Parleys. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Salem pond, Salem Days in august, fireworks. (Camilla, 9 years)
  • Go to the library. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • I’m a photographer so taking pictures. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • Salem days, BBQ’s, pond town Christmas, fishing, walks. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Sports, shoot clay pigeons, ride four wheelers. (Cole, 20 years)
  • Go for walks, play at Salem pond, swim in Salem pond, go for bike rides, eat at parleys place, high school sporting events, Salem days. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • Visit the parks. Playing sports. Going for walks/hikes in the surrounding mountains. Salem days in August. High school events. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • Go for walks to the pond. Bike ride. Attend fun events. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • Fish and swim at the pond. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Salem Days; Salem Days Fireworks. (Stephanie, 23 years)
  • Walk around the pond, celebrate Salem days, visit parleys place, and stokes grocery store. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • Pond. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • Pond- boat, Walk, Bike SALEM DAYS. (Anonymous, 32 years)
  • Play at Knoll Park. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem’s Reputation

What’s Salem known for?

  • Quiet town. (Mike, 1 year)
  • The high school or the pond. (Lexi, 2 years)
  • Pond town. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • The pond and tight community. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Pond. (Christina, 5 years)
  • Being a small, quiet community. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Small, quiet town. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Pond. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Salem Pond. (Camilla, 9 years)
  • The pond. That is the only thing. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Pretty Little Town. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • Pond, Krishna festival, Christmas lights. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Salem pond. (Cole, 20 years)
  • Salem pond. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • Salem pond. City of peace. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • I’m sure friendliness and small-town feeling. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • The pond. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Salem Pond. (Stephanie, 23 years)
  • The view of loafer mountain. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • The pond. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • Pond. (Anonymous, 32 years)
  • The pond. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Crime

What’s the crime like in Salem? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Have not seen any. (Mike, 1 year)
  • Speeding down woodland hills. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • Same as any town. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Not a lot of crime, but plenty of annoying juvenile pranksters. (Christina, 5 years)
  • Not much crime. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Low crime everywhere. (Michelle, 5 years)
  • Not a lot that I know of. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Not sure but I know it’s one of the safest places in Utah. Least amount of crime. (Camilla, 9 years)
  • Plenty of speeding, and occasionally shady things will happen at the storage units on 100 E. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Very safe. (Cole, 20 years)
  • Very low. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • Every place has crime, but we feel pretty safe here. Don’t know if anything considered crime areas. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • You don’t see a lot of crime. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Low crime. (Stephanie, 23 years)
  • Fast gas might have some theft problems. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • Very low. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Advice

Any advice for people moving to Salem?

  • Enjoy. (Mike, 1 year)
  • You’ll love it. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • Don’t Let Kurt Christensen run the city in a whole. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Enjoy. (Christina, 5 years)
  • You will love it. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Stay out! We want to keep it small. Haha. (Camilla, 9 years)
  • Please do not. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Enjoy the area, get to know the people, get involved. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Expensive to build a new house. (Cole, 20 years)
  • It’s wonderful! Be grateful. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • Remember we are a small town. We have farms and animals which we’re here first, if you don’t like it find another spot. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • You’ll love it, but we are good if there aren’t more moving here. We like the size. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • Don’t. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • We get a bit more snow than farther down the valley and prepare a plan for earthquakes. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • Very quiet. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • Don’t come in and try to change Salem. (Anonymous, 32 years)
  • It’s the best! (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Salem (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Taking my grandson fishing. (Mike, 1 year)
  • Going to the pond for lunch. (Lexi, 2 years)
  • Salem days and the lights at pond town. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • Fun fishing with family. (Brian, 5 years)
  • I loved living in Salem. One of my favorite things is that everyone seemed to wave when you pass by. (Christina, 5 years)
  • Salem Days Cardboard Duct tape boat race at Salem Pond. Made our boat and sunk pretty quickly yet the memory of it has us laughing still! (Camilla, 9 years)
  • Back before the library was remodeled the books were packed tight and a very large biography nearly fell on my head. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • We had wonderful Easter egg hunts near Salem pond. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • Everything. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Duct tape boat regatta. (Cole, 20 years)
  • I love the card board boat regatta each year. It’s super fun and hilarious! (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • We love attending Salem days every year. The events are wonderful, and you definitely see the city unity. This experience is unforgettable. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • Lots of good times at many events. We love the people we live close to and love being a part of things. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • The Salem days breakfast has always been something my family looks forward to. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • Our house was broken into 10-13 years ago. The police were able to catch the culprit later. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • The lights after thanksgiving. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • The day they drained the pond. You could drive around the Knoll at that time. I drove down to check on my kids and all the kids had lined up carp on the road. I came around the pond and ran over rows and rows of carp. It was the most disgusting thing ever! All the kids cheered. (Karen, 39 years)

Salem’s Future

How do you think Salem will change over the next 10 years?

  • More people will move here. (Mike, 1 year)
  • More development. (Tracey, 3 years)
  • With the current mayor elect run down and ran by him and his wife. (Brian, 5 years)
  • There’s a lot of building going on, especially annoying arrive homes buying up all available land. We had wanted to build but had a hard time finding land. (Christina, 5 years)
  • More houses, but they aren’t welcome additions. (Ashley, 7 years)
  • Seems like a lot of people see its beauty so there will be a lot more homes being built. Less pastures. More amazing people will move here! (Camilla, 9 years)
  • I think it will grow a lot population-wise, but I don’t see many jobs coming to Salem specifically. (Anonymous, 12 years)
  • Hopefully not much. (Joelle, 13 years)
  • It’s getting too big. It is great to have a grocery store. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • More industrialized, bigger high school, lots of new homes. (Cole, 20 years)
  • A lot more houses, less fields. (Rebecca, 20 years)
  • Unfortunately, I think it will continue to grow and industrialize. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • I’m afraid it will get busier and crowded. (Janeal, 23 years)
  • Get way too crowded. (Lealey, 23 years)
  • I think more livestock fields will be turned into neighborhoods. (Dayna, 25 years)
  • More houses. (Kelly, 26 years)
  • More retail on freeway entrance. (Anonymous, 32 years)
  • It will grow fast! (Karen, 39 years)

Salem Facts

Any other interesting facts about Salem?

  • Loved my ward family. (Brian, 5 years)
  • Wild animals that visit. like the eagle this winter. (Sherry, 17 years)
  • Read the story on the dream mine. (Cole, 20 years)
  • Too many to share. (Amelia, 21 years)
  • There is an interesting abandoned mine up on the east mountain. (Dayna, 25 years)