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.
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 (12.69%), food service (8.22%), and sales jobs (7.61%).
The citizens of Selma are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 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.