Salem is located in North Central Arkansas on the east-west U.S. Highway 62/412. It is the county seat of Fulton County and has a Mayor-City Council form of government. According to the 2010 Census the population is 1,636 with 811 households.
Salem and Fulton County has a temperate climate with mild winters, experiencing little snowfall. April normally brings the highest precipitation with 4.9 inches. The average annual rainfall is 48 inches. The average Low is 44 degrees and the average High is 69 degrees. The average humidity (mid-day) is 79%.
Fulton County Hospital is an acute care hospital certified by CMS and licensed by the state as a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital. The hospital provides 24 hour emergency service and general diagnostic testing including clinical laboratory testing, general x-ray and CT. Ultrasound and MRI are provided on a scheduled basis. Fulton County Hospital has an active (admitting) staff of six physicians. Four of the physicians specialize in family practice and two are internists. The consulting staff consists of 18 physicians in the specialties of Diagnostic Radiology, Cardiology, ENT and Pathology. The hospital also offers inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. Fulton County Hospital operates a Paramedic Ambulance Service and an Air Ambulance Service is based in an adjoining county.
Five Family Medical Clinics serve Salem with one clinic in Mammoth Spring in the north east section of Fulton County. Salem has three pharmacies. Four agencies offer Home Health Services. The community has one Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and one Assisted Living Facility.
Salem Cablevision - Cable Television and High Speed Cable Internet.
CenturyLink - Local Telephone Service, High Speed Internet Service, and Dish Network television service.
Wavelinx - High Speed Wireless Internet Service.
Several companies provide long distance service.
Cellular Telephone Service is provided by several companies in the area.
Electricity is provided by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, a member owned electric cooperative. The corporate headquarters are located in Salem. Service crews are located in Salem and in two adjoining counties to provide fast service for weather related power outages.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette provides Daily Newspaper Service to Salem.
Areawide Media publishes a weekly newspaper The News.
KSAR 92.5 FM is a 50,000 watt station providing top country music, local news and events and sports coverage.
K-Kountry 95 FM is located at Mammoth Spring and serves the Salem area with classic hit country music, local news and event coverage.
Tourism and Recreation
Salem and Fulton County are a sportsman's paradise. Lake Norfork is less than 25 miles away, and it offers water skiing, swimming, fishing, and boating opportunities. The lake offers excellent striped bass fishing, with some of these monster fish weighing over 50 pounds! The lake is also good for largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky bass fishing and the bays and backwaters are loaded with fast-biting bream and other panfish.
Smallmouth bass fishing and canoeing are tops in the nearby South Fork River where you can fish leisurely and enjoy the spectacular scenery. It's also not far to White River, nationally known for its big rainbow and brown trout, or to Spring River and the Strawberry River. Both the Spring and Strawberry are good float streams, with the added bonus of rainbow trout and walleye in Spring River, and the smallmouth bass, crappie and bream in the Strawberry River.
Wildlife abounds and the area is a popular Deer and Turkey Hunting area. If you don't want to hunt, bring your camera for some great Wildlife Photography.
Salem City Park has a walking trail, picnic pavilions, children's play area, and a lake that is stocked with fish for the anglers.
Salem Schools have two campuses - K-6 and 7-12, with 700 plus total enrollment. The school has been rated in the top ten schools in the state of Arkansas since 2005.
Three colleges are located in adjoining counties. Ozarka College is located at Melbourne in Izard County with a satellite campus at Ash Flat on the Fulton/Sharp County line and in Mammoth Spring. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home is in Baxter County and Missouri State University is located at West Plains, Missouri.
The Salem Municipal Airport has an asphalt runway that is 3500 feet long and 50 feet wide with medium intensity lights.
Major commercial airports are located at Little Rock, Arkansas (147 miles), Springfield/Branson, Missouri (140 miles), and Memphis, Tennessee (165 miles).
Map of Salem, Arkansas
Salem Chamber of Commerce