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Selma, Alabama (AL) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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37.6% of Selma, AL residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 58.9% greater than the poverty level of 15.5% across the entire state of Alabama. Taking into account residents not living in families, 29.9% of high school graduates and 66.2% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 25.8% among disabled males and 39.3% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 72.9%. For comparison, it was 35.3% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Selma, AL

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Selma:

37.6%
Whole state:

15.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Selma:

17.4%
Whole state:

6.9%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Selma:

25.8%
Alabama:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 25.6% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Selma:

25.7%
Alabama:

32.0%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Selma:

39.3%
Alabama:

25.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 26.9% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Selma:

34.2%
Alabama:

33.1%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

72.9%
Residents above poverty level:

35.3%

Poverty by age in Selma, AL

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Selma
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Selma,AL (percentage below poverty level)
  • 64.9%Under 5 years
  • 57.5%5 years
  • 54.8%6 to 11 years
  • 35.4%12 to 14 years
  • 34.5%15 years
  • 29.3%16 and 17 years
  • 49.0%18 to 24 years
  • 23.4%25 to 34 years
  • 23.3%35 to 44 years
  • 21.6%45 to 54 years
  • 26.1%55 to 64 years
  • 13.3%65 to 74 years
  • 1.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Selma
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Selma,AL (percentage below poverty level)
  • 70.9%Under 5 years
  • 68.2%5 years
  • 59.0%6 to 11 years
  • 36.2%12 to 14 years
  • 63.7%15 years
  • 58.2%16 and 17 years
  • 45.3%18 to 24 years
  • 42.7%25 to 34 years
  • 34.4%35 to 44 years
  • 20.3%45 to 54 years
  • 39.5%55 to 64 years
  • 21.6%65 to 74 years
  • 18.8%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Selma, AL
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Selma,AL (% below half of poverty level)
  • 33.6%Under 5 years
  • 35.7%5 years
  • 22.5%6 to 11 years
  • 21.6%12 to 14 years
  • 17.3%15 years
  • 21.2%16 and 17 years
  • 29.1%18 to 24 years
  • 16.2%25 to 34 years
  • 10.6%35 to 44 years
  • 8.8%45 to 54 years
  • 7.1%55 to 64 years
  • 9.4%65 to 74 years
  • 4.6%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Selma, AL

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Selma, AL
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Selma, AL (%)
  • 10.7%White
  • 38.5%Black
  • 81.3%American Indian
  • 0.0%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 0.0%2+ races
  • 21.1%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Selma, AL
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Selma, AL (absolute numbers)
  • 282White
  • 5,595Black
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 36.0%Below poverty level
  • 64.0%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 4.2%Below poverty level
  • 95.8%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Selma, AL

Children below poverty level:
Selma, Alabama:

55.2%
State:

21.1%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Selma:

29.9%
Alabama:

23.4%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Selma:

66.2%
Alabama:

46.9%
Poor families by family type
  • 15.0%Married-couple family
  • 10.2%Male, no wife present
  • 74.8%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Selma not in families by work experience
  • 0.0%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 11.8%Worked part-time
  • 88.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 10.1%One full-time, other part-time
  • 5.9%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 0.0%Both worked part-time
  • 26.9%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 57.1%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 2.0%1995 to 1998
  • 0.0%1990 to 1994
  • 3.0%1980 to 1989
  • 17.5%1970 to 1979
  • 18.1%1960 to 1969
  • 20.6%1950 to 1959
  • 13.5%1940 to 1949
  • 25.4%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 2.2%1995 to 1998
  • 2.1%1990 to 1994
  • 7.2%1980 to 1989
  • 20.7%1970 to 1979
  • 24.4%1960 to 1969
  • 15.8%1950 to 1959
  • 10.8%1940 to 1949
  • 16.6%1939 or earlier
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