Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Salem Water Consumer Confidence Report

The City of Salem Utilities Office has released the following annual report on drinking water. Click on the link below to review the report. If you have any questions about the contents of this report, please contact Mr. Russell Brown at 812-883-6146. You may also join us at the monthly Water Board Meeting. The meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at City Hall in the Council Chamber at 6:30pm.

2013 Consumer Confidence Report (pdf)


Arbor Day Foundation Names Salem Tree City USA

Salem has been named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. "Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Salem make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at


Community Drug Drop Event

A Community Drug Drop will be held at Salem City Hall on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your unused, outdated medications for proper disposal.  Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Gather your unneeded medications and bring them to the Drug Drop Event. No Questions Asked.

Sponsored by the Washington County Substance Abuse Council, City of Salem, City of Salem Police and Fire Departments, Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Knapp Miller Brown Insurance

Service & Education Events

Community Drug Drop Event
04-26-2014 10:00 am
Grief Support Group Meeting
05-06-2014 10:00 am

Public Meetings

Plan Commission Meeting
04-28-2014 7:00 pm
Salem Tree Board Meeting
05-01-2014 4:00 pm
Prevent Child Abuse Meeting
05-09-2014 12:00 pm

Community Events

ACE Hardware 5K Paint Race
05-10-2014 8:00 am
Friday Night on the Square
05-16-2014 5:00 pm
Wash Co.Chamber of Commerce Auto Rally
07-19-2014 12:00 am