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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.

People

Total Population 6,220
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,048
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 33.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $23,709
% Above Poverty Level 57.3%
% Below Poverty Level 42.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $808
Median House Value $85,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.1%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 4.2%

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

Selma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 25 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Johnston
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27576
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.536
Longitude -78.284

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 SMITHFIELD
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station CLAYTON WTP
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station GOLDSBORO 4 SE
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Four Oaks 1,900 $46,250
Kenly 1,674 $30,160
Micro 603 $48,750
Pine Level 1,991 $42,328
Princeton 1,310 $41,500
Smithfield 11,562 $38,315

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

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