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Welcome to Selma ...

The city of Selma is located in Dallas County<1> and is the County Seat for Dallas County.

The location of Selma has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Selma refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Selmian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Selma has a population of 17,231 people<4> (see below for details).

Selma was established in 1820.

The community of Selma is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Selma lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Selma lies within the (334) area code.

The ZIP codes for Selma: 36701-36703<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Selma had an population of 17,231 people. This is a decrease of 16.98% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 16% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Selma had a population of 20,756 people (which is 47.37% of the total population of Dallas County). This makes Selma the county's most populous community.

The population of Selma represents 0.43% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 29th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,756 people, the population of Selma increased 1.19% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 20,512 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Selma.

Communities Also Named Selma ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 30 communities that are also named Selma - they are located in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas (2), Utah and Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Selma.

Communities near Selma ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Selma.

  • Orrville [Dallas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orrville
    • Orrville [Dallas County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the southwest of Selma
    • Estimated population in 2019: 168 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orrville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orrville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orrville<8>
  • Benton [Lowndes County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benton
    • Benton [Lowndes County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the southeast of Selma
    • Estimated population in 2019: 41 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Benton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benton
  • Valley Grande [Dallas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Grande
    • Valley Grande [Dallas County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<7> to the north of Selma
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,570 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley Grande have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Grande
  • Cahaba [Dallas County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cahaba
    • Cahaba [Dallas County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Selma
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Burnsville [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burnsville
      • Burnsville [Dallas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the northeast of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burnsville
    • Sardis [Dallas County]
    • Tyler [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tyler
      • Tyler [Dallas County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the southeast of Selma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tyler have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tyler
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tyler<8>
    • Fremont [Autauga County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fremont
      • Fremont [Autauga County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fremont
    • Marion Junction [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion Junction
      • Marion Junction [Dallas County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the west of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion Junction
    • Suttle [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suttle
      • Suttle [Perry County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suttle

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Selma. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Selma.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Selma. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Selma.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Selma. See our Newspapers Page for Selma.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Selma ...

Looking for more information about Selma? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Selma, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Selma.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Selma. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Dallas, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Selma refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Selma may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Selma.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Selma - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Selma). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Selma or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Selma includes: 36701, 36702 & 36703.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Selma) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Selma. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Selma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Selma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4166, Longitude: -87.0335       In this case, the coordinates for Selma have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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