Selma, AL
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Selma is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 17,886 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Selma is the 29th largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Selma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Selma is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Selma who work in office and administrative support (12.42%), sales jobs (8.40%), and teaching (7.92%).

One of the benefits of Selma is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.66 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Being a small city, Selma does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Selma who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.17% of the adults in Selma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $16,283, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,132 for a family of four. However, Selma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Selma also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.30% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Selma is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Selma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Selma residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Selma include English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and African.

The most common language spoken in Selma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.