Selma, NC
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Selma is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 6,307 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Selma is the 128th largest community in North Carolina.

When you are in Selma, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 39.98% of Selma’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Selma is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Selma who work in food service (13.00%), office and administrative support (11.53%), and sales jobs (7.62%).

One downside of living in Selma is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Selma, the average commute to work is 31.65 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The population of Selma has a very low overall level of education: only 9.34% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Selma in 2010 was $10,717, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $42,868 for a family of four. Selma also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.72% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Selma is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 46.72% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). 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, Scots-Irish, Portuguese, and German.

In addition, Selma has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.29%).

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