Salem was recently ranked among the best cities in Virginia for young families by NerdWallet.com
, a site devoted to personal finance and investment advice. The ranking took public school quality, cost of living, and economic prosperity into consideration when compiling its ranking. Salem was ranked fourth out of ten places recommended for young families in the state and was the only community outside of the NOVA, Hampton Roads, and Richmond urban areas included in the ranking. NerdWallet gave Salem high marks for educational quality and for cost of living, citing the natural beauty of the region as a major consideration.