Salem is a city in Utah, United States located centrally in the county. It was founded by Latter-day Saint (LDS) colonists who received advice and direction from Brigham Young. William Miller first settled here in 1848. They named their community after Salem, Massachusetts, where many members of the LDS Church came from.
Salem is located in Utah Valley at the mouth of Provo Canyon on the upper portion of Utah Lake, with most homes climbing up the hillside toward Oak Hills. The geography of Salem itself is rather flat, but there are mountains in the distance (e.g., Ben Lomond Mountain). The climate of Salem is very dry and warm because it is located in a desert. The average high temperature during summer reaches 90 °F (32 °C) while winter lows are around 27 °F (-3 °C
Salem’s main attractions are the desert, the mountains, and also Utah Lake. There are hiking trails that lead to higher elevations as well as water activities such as boating and fishing on the lake. Salem is a small community with many nice people and an attractive setting so it would be a good place to live. The only drawback is the fact that it is a desert so rainfall is scarce and there are frequent dust storms.