Selma, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Selma, California - Basic Facts

The City of Selma had a population of 23,917 as of July 1, 2015. 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 California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Selma is located at latitude 36.5743 and longitude -119.6156 in Fresno County. 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. Fresno County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 308 feet.

The City of Selma (GNIS ID: 2411863) 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.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Selma is located within Selma CCD of Fresno 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, 2015.

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Selma, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 23,917
Population in Households 23,793
Population in Familes 21,128
Population in Group Qrtrs 124
Population Density1 4,657
Diversity Index2 80


Total Households 6,608
Average Household Size 3.6
Family Households 5,400
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 7,064 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,637 (51.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,971 (42.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 456 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $185,150
Average Home Value $216,004


Median Household Income $40,405
Average Household Income $54,739
Per Capita Income $15,273
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.57% 0.66%
Households 0.56% 0.66%
Families 0.46% 0.65%
Median Household Income   3.09%
Per Capita Income   2.65%
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, 2015 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 # 260 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 372 76th
Median Household Income # 1164 24th
Per Capita Income # 1322 13th

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