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Welcome to Selma ...

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

When the people of Selma refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Selmian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Selma has a population of 18,370 people<2> (see below for details).

Selma was established in 1820.

The community of Selma is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Selma is within the boundaries of the (334) area code.

The ZIP codes for Selma: 36701-36703<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Selma had a population of 20,756 people (or 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 (that had a count of 20,512 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Selma had an population of 18,370 people. This is a decrease of 11.5% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.44% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Selma ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Selma and not the distance if you are driving it.<5>.

Community   2017
Benton   [Map]   43   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Burnsville   [Map]   ---   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   ---   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Fremont   [Map]   ---   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Jones   [Map]   ---   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Marion Junction   [Map]   ---   W   12 miles [19.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Selma. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Selma.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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 get an overview with links that will help you to 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.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Selma. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Selma.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Selma - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Selma. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4166, Longitude: -87.0335     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Selma have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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