Having modern weaving units and more than 125 spinning units and related dyeing units it has textile as a major source of economy, followed by Sago Industries and also mining since the surrounding area is rich in magnetite & bauxite deposits. Also having presence of agro products and a famous coffee brand in the famous Leigh Market this city sports a literacy rate above 76% and is situated 340 Km southwest of Chennai.
Connectivity is fantastic with NH7, NH47 & NH68 passing through Salem and also it has six arterial roads. After Chennai, Salem stands second with maximum no of buses plying to Bangalore, Hyderabad & Tirupati. Sitting at any place, one can avoid the hassle of standing in a queue or getting limited offers by using redBus the biggest online ticket booking centre which offers a platter of options. Chennai-Salem, Bangalore-Salem, Salem- Hyderabad, Salem- Ernakulam, and Salem-Madurai & Salem-Tirunelveli are some of the routes in their 1200 plus kitty. Market reputation of redBus-pioneer in online ticket booking system, which changed the market scenario in terms of customer convenience, is unparalleled.
Some major weekend getaways in the nearby locations of the city are Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari, Berijam Lake, Agaya gangai waterfalls at Kolli Hills, Erode & Karur. Tiruchirapalli, Krishnagiri, Tirupur, Srirangam & BR Hills come next within 150Kms from Salem. Mysore, Ooty and Bangalore come next within 200 km. One can visit Klamath Falls, Hood River, and Lincoln City & Brookings within 50kms of the city. redBus services can be chosen for transportation services to these locations.