Selma, AL
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Living in Selma


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, Selma isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Selma are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Selma is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Selma who work in office and administrative support (11.12%), teaching (7.43%), and sales jobs (7.08%).

Selma is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of adults in Selma who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.95% of the adults in Selma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $16,542, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,168 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 40.98% 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.