City of Selma is centrally located along Highway 99
between California's two largest market areas. The
community sits 207 miles north of Los Angeles and 209
miles south of San Francisco. Selma is within
convenient traveling distance to major metropolitan areas
and the recreational areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
and California's Coastal Region.
Selma began with the founding of the Valley
View School District in 1880 and following a four farmer
partnership of Whitson, Tucker, Otis and Snyder, a
town-site was established in 1893. The City of Selma
was incorporated three years later. The "Selma" name
was chosen from a list of names that had been submitted by
the Central Pacific Railroad that was built through the
community in 1880.
Selma's first major industry was wheat farming, but with
the arrival of irrigation the community became known as
"Home of the Peach" as the wheat fields gave way to
orchards of peaches. Grape vineyards took over the acres
of land that surrounded the Selma community producing
93% of the world's raisin crop and the name "Raisin
Capital of the World" was adopted in 1963. The acres
of grapes also produce product for table
grapes and wine.
Selma is a progressive, growing community that
strives to retain small town qualities and life style.
Selma's quaint Central Business District has continued to
thrive and it's five other shopping areas provide
the complete shopping experience for Selma's wide-range of
ethnic and cultural backgrounds that make Selma an
Selma Businesses: 760
Selma Chamber Members:
Selma is the fifth largest
city in Fresno County.
Schools: 11, with an enrollment of 6, 541 (2015-16)
(including High School, Middle School, Elementary, and
Alternative Schools) Selma also has several private
school facilities, from pre-school to sixth grade
College: Higher education possibilities are within
20 minutes of Selma, California State University at
Fresno, Fresno Pacific College, Reedley Community College,
Fresno City College and Clovis Community College.
There are several vocational schools in the Fresno County
Medical Facilities: Adventist Medical Center -
Selma, Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic, Adventist
Health Center, Central Valley Family Health, Selma
Convalescent Home, Eye-Q Vision Center
Complete Emergency Response Teams: Selma Fire
Department/Paramedics, American Ambulance Service, Selma
Police Department, Domestic Violence Units and Volunteers
in Policing (VIP).
Selma has 35
churches, 58 restaurants, 6 shopping centers, bowling
alley, a 6 screen movie theater, performing arts
center, 7 city parks, a county branch library, senior
citizen center, community recreation department, and much
more to offer it's citizens and visitors.
Selma Tax Rate 8.725%
Economic Development info.
call Roseann Galvan at (559) 891-2200, ext. 3106 and
for Planning and Building info call (559) 891-2208/2209
Local Community Information
the Chamber Office
Bob Allen (559) 891-2235,