Geographic Location
Selma is located in west central Alabama on four-lane U.S. Highway 80 and the Alabama River. We are 40 to 45 miles west of Interstate Highways 65 and 85 at Montgomery, 200 miles southwest of Atlanta, 90 miles southwest of Birmingham, and 160 miles north of Mobile.

Population for Dallas County: 43,820
Population for the City of Selma: 20,756
Source: Census 2010

Average Annual Temperature: 64°
Average January Temperature: 47°
Average July Temperature: 81°
Average Annual Rainfall: 54″
Source: National Climatic Data Center

Central Time Zone 

Selma’s city government is directed by a nine-member City Council and mayor elected for four-year terms. The Dallas County Commission consists of five members with the commission chairman (probate judge) elected for a six-year term and the commissioners elected for four-year terms.

Property Tax
Assessed at 20% x 61 mils in City (City + County + State)
Assessed at 20% x 34 mils (County + State Only)

General Sales & Use Tax
City: 4.5% *
County: 1.5%
State: 4.00%
Total: 10.0%

*Police Jurisdiction Rate is 2.5%

Sales Tax for Manufacturing Machinery
City: 1.4625%
County: .5625%
State: 1.5000%

Retail Sales Tax
Sales tax in the city of Selma is 10% (4% State, 4.5% City, 1.5% County)

Corporate Income Tax
The state rate is 6.5%. Federal tax is an allowed deduction for state income tax.

Individual Income Tax
Based on a sliding scale up to 5%, Federal tax is an allowed deduction for state income tax.

City and County public school systems serve the community with an annual enrollment of around 8,000 students. Selma is also home to five private schools: Cathedral Academy, Ellwood Christian Academy, John T. Morgan Academy, Meadowview Christian School, and McRae Learning Center.

Higher Education
Dallas County is served by three four-year colleges and two, two-year colleges.

The Selma area is served by two railroad systems, a municipal airport, several motor freight lines, West Alabama Public Transportation, and Trailway Bus service.

Major arteries of Interstates 65 and 85 intersect in Montgomery, which is a short 40-minute drive. U.S. Highway 80, a four-lane thoroughfare; and Alabama Highways 14, 22 and 41 serve the city.

The Alabama River flows south to the Gulf of Mexico. Selma is approximately 191 miles north of the Port of Mobile and the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Economy at a Glance
Selma and Dallas County are a unique and diverse community with a strong manufacturing base that makes everything from paper and rotary cutters, to automotive parts and military uniforms. Our four industrial parks have full infrastructure in place, and our municipal airport sports an 8,000 ft. runway.