Selma, AL
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Selma is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 19,519 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Selma is the 29th largest community in Alabama.

Selma is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.54%), teaching (7.95%), and food service (7.21%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Selma spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.38 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Selma are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.93% of adults in Selma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $15,698, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,792 for a family of four. Selma also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.18% 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 Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and African.

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