The city of Salem, home to over 40,000 residents, is a coastal community located 17 miles north of Boston on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Salem residents can easily commute into Boston through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus and commuter rail. The commuter rail station is centrally located with ample parking and the bus service has many locations throughout the city. Additionally, Salem has its own seasonal ferry service directly to Boston that runs from mid May through the end of October.

Salem is home to many tourist destinations and is famous for its month long Halloween celebration with parades, street fairs, family film night on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses and live music.

There are 12 public schools and one charter school for residents to attend. Additionally, Salem is home to Salem State University that was originally founded in 1854. It is currently the largest of the nine schools that comprise the state university system with over 10,000 students (7,500 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students).

North Shore Medical Center in Salem offers medical and surgical services, emergency care and a birth center. It is affiliated with two major Boston hospitals: Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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