North Salem is a small and friendly town with a mix of commuters, tradespeople, small business owners, professionals, artists, equestrians and celebrities. Along with horses, alpacas and sheep dot the landscape. Anglers enjoy fishing in the Titicus River and Reservoir.
The school system educates about 1,000 students yearly and the town runs a popular summer day camp that attracts 400 children at Mountain Lakes Park. North Salem has an excellent small theatre, many fine restaurants, a very active Historical Society and a vibrant Library that serves as community center and sponsors programs for children as well as art classes, book clubs, author talks and family events. Residents are committed to community service and volunteer in the ambulance corps, fire department, PTA, Lions Club and many other organizations.