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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    D-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    D-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    D
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B
Selma is a town in Alabama with a population of 19,176. Selma is in Dallas County. Living in Selma offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families live in Selma and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$575
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,244.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    41.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    91.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    409.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,069.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,123.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    544.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Selma

Jobs
D
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$24,223
National
$55,322
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Being from Brooklyn New York , I've never knowingly experienced racism like I have in Selma Alabama. Shame on the elders, the parents and grandparents for passing this destructive way of thinking to the next generation. Although it may be passive aggressive discrimination it is the crippling and it is very unfair to marginalize a group of people because of the color of their skin. The trees did not ask to be green, we all accept God's splendid display of beauty. That's how we should approach life, with acceptance. We should be accepting of ALL of God's creations. Remember, we are all precious in His sight!

-T.Austin
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Selma contains many shopping opportunities that are not found anywhere else within a 30-40 minute distance of Tuscaloosa, AL and Birmingham, AL. It is small, cramped, and dirty, with high unemployment and crime rates. It is affordable to live in Selma, but the public schools are poor in educational quality, safety, health, and faculty quality. The nightlife in Selma is the only "nightlife" one will get unless one travels the extra 20 -30 minutes to get to Tuscaloosa or Birmingham. Job opportunities are rather limited to retail or restaurant industries; there are some opportunities with dentists and nursing homes, but those opportunities are rather limited and only allow for those with previous educational experience in those particular fields. Commute time is relatively good because of Selma's small size. Healthy living is poor: there is an emphasis on fast food and fried, greasy, unhealthy meals with a lack of attention to healthy alternatives, lifestyles, or exercises.
Selma is very historic town. It was alot of memories and historical buildings, but they are going down because the city isn't taking care of them. I feel Selma would be a great place if we could get the crime rate down and if more jobs were available for us. Selma barely have jobs for it's residents we have to go outside of the city limits in order to find one. The jobs that are here barely pays anything they start you off at $7.25 per hour. I believe that if we had more jobs and more places for our people to go to the crime rate wouldn't be so high. Having movie theaters or family fun places for kids to hang out at would keep them out the streets and not want to get involved in all that gang banging activity that's going on in our community.