In real life the village where the initial events took place was known as Salem Village, which was a parish of Salem Towne, which was about the size mentioned above. The use of the single word "Salem" meant the town. The name of Salem Village was later changed to Danvers. The population of Massachusetts as a whole was 49,504 two years before the trials. The majority of those involved were not residents of Salem Village, or even the main town; of the 134 accused held in Salem Towne jail only 10 were from the immediate area, with 34 more held in various other jails around the colony when Governor Phips ordered their release. Of those 19 persons hung six were from Salem Village, and three from Salem.
The story takes place in Salem Village, Massachusetts in 1692. At this time, the village had a population of about 600 people.