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Overview

Introduction to Selma, Alabama

Selma, Alabama is 42 miles W of Montgomery, Alabama (center to center) and 178 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia.. The city is in the Dallas County.

Selma History

The city of Selma is built at the location where Chief Tuscaloosa had a meeting with DeSoto, an explorer. The name Selma city means throne or high seat. The 13th Vice President of the United States, William R. King, planned and named the city. This area was recorded as Ecor Bienville in the year 1732. Later on, it became Moore's Bluff settlement. Selma was incorporated in the year 1820. The city is famous for the Selma to Montgomery marches, the three civil rights marches that started in this city.

Selma and nearby Attractions

  • National Voting Rights Museum & Institute
  • Paul M. Grist State Park
  • Old Depot Museum
  • Satterfield Plaza Shopping Center
  • Valley Creek Park

Things To Do In Selma

Tourists visiting the city of Selma can visit the city's churches including The Lords Tabernacle and the Calvary Assembly of God Church. One can also enjoy the many facilities provided at the parks including Valley Creek Park, Bloch Park, and LaFayette Park. One can also enjoy the solitude of Jones Creek and Valley Creek. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Selma Mall Shopping Center and Citizens Parkway Plaza Shopping Center.

Selma Transportation

The airport closest to the city of Selma is Montgomery Regional Airport.

Selma Higher Education

Higher educational institutes that residents of Selma can attend are the University of Montevallo, the Community College of the Air Force, Faulkner University, Alabama State University, the University of Alabama, and Shelton State Community College.

People

Total Population 19,987
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 5,624
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 26.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $25,182
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,545

Wealth

Median Family Income $29,380
% Above Poverty Level 58.1%
% Below Poverty Level 41.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $533
Median House Value $87,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.3%
US/American 0%
English 2.9%
Irish 2.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Selma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles W of Montgomery, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 178 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 36701, 36703
P.O. Box Zip Codes 36702
Phone Area Codes 334
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.407
Longitude -87.021

Selma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SELMA
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Station MARION JUNCTION 2 NE
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Station CLANTON
Distance 35.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 59.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Selma, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Valley Grande (36701, 36703)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Autaugaville 1,119 $37,500
Billingsley 176 $46,250
Marion 3,551 $47,235
Orrville 110 $28,438

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Selma Public Libraries

Library
Selma-dallas County Public Library
1103 SELMA AVENUE
Selma, Alabama
(334) 874-1725

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Selma Hospitals

VAUGHAN REG MED CENTER PARKWAY CAMPUS
(Proprietary)
1015 MEDICAL CENTER PARKWAY
(334) 418-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Selma High Schools

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SELMA HIGH SCHOOL
2180 BROAD ST
334-874-1680
Serves 1,037 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
7975 US HIGHWAY 80 E
334-872-0518
A Title I School.
Serves 545 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

DALLAS COUNTY AREA VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
1306 ROOSEVELT AVE
334-872-8031
A Vocational School

SELMA HIGH SCHOOL
2180 BROAD ST
334-874-1680
A Vocational School

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