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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Selma is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 46.01% of the Selma workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Selma is a town of construction workers and builders, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Selma who work in food service (12.19%), office and administrative support (12.05%), and sales jobs (6.21%).

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 33.80 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

In Selma, just 8.18% 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 $11,757, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $47,028 for a family of four. Selma also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.14% 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. The greatest number of Selma residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Selma also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 49.24% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Selma include English, German, Portuguese, and Italian.

In addition, Selma has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.73%).

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