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Selma is a city in Dallas County.

It is the county seat.

Developed by the Selma Land Company

The latitude of Selma is 32.407N. The longitude is -87.021W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 125 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 19,630.


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Median household income
Local
$21,261
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Selma demographic reports
Selma is on the Alabama River.
Former and merged names include:
· High Soap Stone Bluff
· Moore's Bluff
Major supply depot for the Confederacy during the Civil War

Focus of civil rights movement during the 1960s

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 418. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 20.8 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "The Body Snatchers"
Well-known residents have included:
· Mia Hamm, Olympic gold medalist (soccer)
Local festivals include:
  • Central Alabama Fair - Oct. 1-6, 2007
  • Tale Tellin' Festival - Oct. 12-13, 2007
  • Kenan's Mill Festival - Nov. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Selma web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Paul M. Grist State Park
Historic sites and museums: National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Old Depot Museum, Sturdivant Hall, Heritage Village, Old Cahawba
Colleges and universities: Concordia College Selma, George C Wallace State Community College-Selma
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Selma demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dallas County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 36703 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Selma residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Selma ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Selma was $13,369, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

18% of Selma residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
Selma festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Selma include Old Town Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Selma, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $224.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $660.


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Libraries

Libraries in Selma include Selma-Dallas County Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Selma include Selma Times-Journal

TV stations in Selma include WAKA, WBIH.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WAPR.

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Politics

Dallas County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Selma political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Selma workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Selma between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Selma include Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Jameson Inn Selma, Saint James Hotel.

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