About the Community of Selma, California
Selma, a city in Fresno County, California, is a rapidly growing community of over 23,000, located in the central San Joaquin Valley. Selma is 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Fresno, at an elevation of 308 feet. The City of Selma is centrally located along Highway 99 between California’s two largest market areas, making it a regional hub for southeast Fresno County as well as neighboring Tulare and Kings Counties. 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 is widely known for its small town charm as well as its big city development. Both new and long-time residents are discovering and rediscovering the joys of living in this delightful community as 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 All-American city.
Climate of Selma, California
Selma has a hot semi-arid climate. Average January temperatures are a maximum of 56.8 °F and a minimum of 37.9 °F. Average July temperatures are a maximum of 99.3°F and a minimum of 66.9 °F. Annually, there are an average of 105.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. Background Information on Selma, California 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.