Selma, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Selma, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Selma had a population of 6,289 as of July 1, 2017. Selma ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Selma is located at latitude 35.5435 and longitude -78.2943 in Johnston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Selma (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Johnston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 174 feet.

The Town of Selma (GNIS ID: 2407310) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Selma is located within Township of Selma, a minor civil division (MCD) of Johnston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Selma population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Selma: Mitchenors Station.

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Selma, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,289
Daytime Population: Workers 2,984
Daytime Population: Residents 3,903
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,887
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 6,285
Population in Familes 4,946
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 1,299
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $25,691
Average Household Income $37,702
Per Capita Income $13,680


Total Housing Units 2,708 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 870 (32.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,408 (52.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 431 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $95,833
Average Home Value $119,511


Total Households 2,277
Average Household Size 2.76
Family Households 1,458
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.48% 0.77%
Households 0.38% 0.71%
Families 0.13% 0.56%
Median Household Income   0.09%
Per Capita Income   2.1%

Selma, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Selma to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 131 82nd
Population Density # 127 83rd
Diversity Index # 6 99th
Median Household Income # 709 4th
Per Capita Income # 722 2nd

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