Selma, North Carolina Population 2024

7,210

Selma is a city located in Johnston County North Carolina. Selma has a 2024 population of 7,210. Selma is currently growing at a rate of 2.88% annually and its population has increased by 13.4% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,358 in 2020.

The average household income in Selma is $44,421 with a poverty rate of 27.29%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Selma is 33.6 years, 33.9 years for males, and 33.5 years for females.

Selma Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Selma was:

  • Black or African American: 45.14%
  • White: 40.11%
  • Other race: 9.32%
  • Two or more races: 5.43%
  • Native American:
  • Asian:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
4.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,502.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
13.4% (852)
The current population of Selma, North Carolina is 7,210 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 6,358.

Selma, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American2,91145.14%
White2,58740.11%
Other race6019.32%
Two or more races3505.43%
Native American
Asian
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

White

Other race

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Selma Population by Race

Selma Population Pyramid 2024

Selma Median Age

33.6

Total

33.9

Male

33.5

Female

Selma Adults

There are 4,797 adults, (1,063 of whom are seniors) in Selma.

Selma Age Dependency

72.7

Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Selma Sex Ratio

Female3,77058.46%
Male2,67941.54%

Selma Population by Age

Selma Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,7612.3443.656.4
Non Family1,1751.138.561.5
Married7723.2559.540.5
Female5183.4620.779.3
Male2962.8862.537.5
showing: 5 rows

3.22

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

43.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Selma Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Selma Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Selma Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.79%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 21.37%.

Selma Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$25,915

Average Earnings

$33,478

Average Male

$20,354

Average Female

Selma Earnings by Educational Attainment

Selma Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Selma Language

78.89% of Selma residents speak only English, while 21.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.11% of the population.

Selma Language

Selma Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black2,90578627.06%
Hispanic1,58251532.55%
White1,75037821.6%
Multiple34920057.31%
Other60116026.62%
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27.29%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.31%

Male Poverty Rate

30.82%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Selma

The race most likely to be in poverty in Selma is Multiple, with 57.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Selma is White, with 21.6% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 50%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.84%.

Selma Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.28%
High School20.69%
Some College19.5%
Bachelors or Greater8.88%
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Selma Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed19.92%
Male Employed3.28%
Male Unemployed
Female Unemployed
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Selma Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Selma Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Selma Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

35.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.3%

Male Marriage Rate

30.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Selma Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Selma Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Selma Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Selma Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

294

Number of Veterans

268

Male Veterans

26

Female Veterans

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Selma Veterans by War

count

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Selma Veterans by Age

count

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Selma Veterans by Race

Selma Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

2.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Selma Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.8%

Labor Force Participation

54.1%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Selma Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Selma Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Selma Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

59.64%

Born in Selma

90.2%

Native Born

9.8%

Foreign Born

8.44%

Non Citizen

1.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.2% of Selma residents were born in the United States, with 59.64% having been born in North Carolina. 8.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Selma Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20298,2202022.52%
20288,0182022.58%
20277,8162022.65%
20267,6142022.73%
20257,4122022.8%
20247,2102022.88%
20237,0082022.97%
20226,8062023.06%
20216,6042463.87%
20206,358-761-10.69%
20197,1191842.65%
20186,9351872.77%
20176,7481662.52%
20166,5821882.94%
20156,3941452.32%
20146,249270.43%
20136,222230.37%
20126,199190.31%
20116,180440.72%
20106,1362223.75%
20005,9141,31428.57%
19904,600-162-3.4%
19804,7624069.32%
19704,3561,25440.43%
19603,10246317.54%
19502,639
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Selma Population by Year