Selma, CA
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Selma is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 24,414 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Selma is the 290th largest community in California.

When you are in Selma, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 43.36% of Selma’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Selma is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Selma who work in farm management occupations (15.00%), office and administrative support (10.67%), and sales jobs (8.91%).

You will also find that a lot of people in Selma work in agricultural jobs - much more than in the average community in America. This will be quite apparent if you drive around town, as much of the landscape is dedicated to farms.

In Selma, just 9.07% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $15,825, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,300 for a family of four. However, Selma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Selma is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Selma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Selma, accounting for 78.94% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Selma residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Selma include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Selma also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.96%.

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