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 (12.69%), food service (8.22%), and sales jobs (7.61%).

The percentage of adults in Selma with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.66% of adults in Selma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $16,028, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,112 for a family of four. Selma also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.85% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Selma is a very 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.