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Selma, California - Basic Facts

The City of Selma is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Fresno County at latitude 36.5743 and longitude -119.6156. Fresno County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 308 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Selma, but most people and references simply refer to it as Selma, California.

The P1 Census Class Code for Selma indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Selma (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Selma, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 23,774
Population in Households 23,654
Population in Familes 20,982
Population in Group Qrtrs 120
Population Density1 4,629
Diversity Index2 80


Total Households 6,570
Average Household Size 3.6
Family Households 5,359
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 6,981 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,641 (52.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,929 (42.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 411 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $159,259
Average Home Value $190,864


Median Household Income $40,615
Average Household Income $52,958
Per Capita Income $14,786
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.56% 0.73%
Households 0.56% 0.75%
Families 0.39% 0.72%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.49%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Selma, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Selma to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 308 80th
Population Density1 # 261 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 374 76th
Median Household Income # 1127 26th
Per Capita Income # 1321 13th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.