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Overview

Introduction to Selma, North Carolina

Selma, North Carolina is 25 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is in Johnston County and part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area.

Selma History

Selma developed around a newly established station on the North Carolina Railroad. The first lots for the town were sold in May of 1867. The area was known as a railroad town for many years, but witnessed drastic growth in the early 1960s because of its proximity to the interstate. Selma was officially incorporated as a town on February 11, 1873. It is home to the Mitchener Station, which is considered to be the oldest railroad station in North Carolina.

Selma and nearby Attractions

  • Marble Kids Museum
  • Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
  • Riverwood Golf Club

Things To Do In Selma

The Marble Kids Museum, established in 1999, includes a state-of-the-art global learning center and an IMAX theater. The museum was designed to stimulate the imagination of children and help them develop an innovative approach to problem-solving. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park offers picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing and camping opportunities. Selma celebrates the Railroad Days festival during the first weekend of October every year.

Selma Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International is the nearest major airport.

Selma Higher Education

The University of North Carolina, Wake Technical Community College, Shaw University and North Carolina State University are some of the many colleges and universities in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,325
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+2,135
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married39.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.4%
Median Earnings25+$20,185
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,584

Wealth

Median Family Income$25,417
% Above Poverty Level62.8%
% Below Poverty Level37.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone28.3%
Median Gross Rent$823
Median House Value$85,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)73.1%
Irish4.1%
German3.8%
English3.6%
African2.3%
Portuguese2.1%
Dutch0.8%
Italian0.7%
Greek0.7%
French Except Basque0.7%
Scottish0.5%
Russian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Polish0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Somali0.1%
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Selma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Johnston County
Standard Zip Codes27576
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.53
Approximate Longitude-78.28

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)

StationSMITHFIELD
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp30 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 73 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
StationCLAYTON WTP
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 72 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationGOLDSBORO 4 SE
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Four Oaks2,150$41,574
Kenly1,744$30,048
Micro661$37,500
Pine Level2,143$53,000
Princeton1,343$45,417
Smithfield11,746$40,833

Selma Public Schools

Selma Elementary
311 W Richardson St
ZIP: 27576
(919) 965-3361
Primary
Total Enrollment 932
Selma Middle School
1533 Hwy 301 N
ZIP: 27576
(919) 965-2555
Middle
Total Enrollment 568
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