Selma, NC

Selma, situated in Johnston County, is a small town made up of 3.2 square miles.

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Selma was founded in the late 1860s. The town was incorporated in 1873.  


The median resident age in Selma is 32 years. The median estimated household income is about $24,000 making it about $24,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $11,000. The average price for a home in Selma is about $87,000 (2015) which is $73,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Selma is 46% Hispanic, 28% Black, 23% White, and 3% Other. 56% of the population are high school graduates, with 9% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 34% are married, 11% are divorced, 4% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 44% that have never been married.

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Johnston County

Selma belongs to Johnston County in the east-central part of North Carolina. The County, named for Governor Gabriel Johnston (1734-1752) has a population of 170,000 and is part of the Raleigh Metro Area. Smithfield, with a population of 13,000 is the county seat.

Johnston County was sliced from Craven County during the 1740's. Parts of the county were taken during the 1750's and 1770's to form Bladen, Granville, Orange, and Dobbs Counties. And, during the 1850's more land was allocated to help form Wilson County.

Today, Johnston County consists of 796 square miles. 791 being land with the other four square miles making up water.


The population of Selma, NC is about 6,100. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Selma, NC is 174 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Selma, NC is 27576.

Area Code

The area code for Selma, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Selma and Johnston County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 33% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Selma is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Construction alone accounts for 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Johnstonian News, JoCo Report, and The Smithfield Herald are the primary newspapers that cover the Johnston County area.


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