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Retirement Living In Selma - Alabama

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Area Description

Just 45 minutes from Montgomery, Alabama, you'll find the largest historic district in Alabama - over 1,200 historic structures, landmark sites of the nation's Voting Rights Movement and Civil War, outdoor adventures, and even some haunted history sites - including Alabama's most famous ghost town. History lives on almost every corner and the city celebrates its rich hertiage, architecture, arts, culture, and natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts can do it all in Selma/Dallas County. The Alabama River provides unlimited fishing, boating, and water sports form city of privately operated marinas. Bass, crappie, catfish, and bream are abundant not only in the Alabama River but including Paul M. Grist State Park and Dallas County Lake. Hunting is a passion for many of our residents and visitors. Our commercial lodges offer hunters the opportunity to harvest prime buck, quail, and other small game. Dallas County is known for having more whitetail deer per acre than any other state in the union. Enjoy other outdoor activities including, bird watching, hiking, golf, and organized sports leagues. In an effort to make our community healthier Vaughan Regional Medical Center delivers quality health care with a dedicated staff of physicians, employees, and volunteers. Among the services offered are 24 hours physician staffed emergency room services, fitness center, maternity unit/birthing, intensive care unit, health programs for senior adults and women. The education system of Selma and Dallas County consists of (2) public education systems, private schools, a community college and (1) university. Preschool, kindergarten and other child development are also available. Selma Dallas County has (4) Industrial Parks.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Bridge Crossing Jubilee held the first weekend in March to commemorate the March from Selma to Montgomery and the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Historic Annual Selma Pilgrimage, guides dressed in period costumes lead tours through homes, museums, and more in state's largest historic district. Alabama River Chili Cook off - taste chili and celebrate with a community committed to helping local charities at the annual event held on historic Water Avenue Central Alabama Fair, West Dallas Antique Tractor, Car, Gas Engine and Craft Show. Integrity World Wide 5k and Fun Run, Haunted History Tours, Rock N Ribs Benefit, Selma and Dallas County Annual Golf Tournament., NFL Player Michael Johnson Health Fair, Kathryn Tucker Windham Tale Tellin, Dallas County Relay For Life, Morgan Academy Deer Hunt, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Lobsterfest, Alabama Wildlife Federation Cook off.

Cultural Activities

Arts Revive Annual Art Show, Selma Art Guild Artist of the Month Reception/Show, Art Jam, (Music and Art), Kenan's Mill Festival, City of Selma Annual Christmas Parade, Labor Day Festival featuring Music, Arts, Food and Fireworks, Holiday Festival features local craftsman, handmade goods, food. Sturdivant Hall Museum BB on the Greens, Jazz on the Grazz.
Selma Dallas County Public Library offers year round programs including Media Center, Children's Library and Research Center. Selma Walton Theater located in historic downtown Selma offers first run box office movies and Tuesday at the movies for Senior Citizens. Selma was declared Butterfly Capital in 1982. Attractions/Museums: Brown Chapel AME Church and King Monument, Headquarters for the 1965 Voting Rights marches, Historic Water Avenue, view Civil War and Civil Rights markers, antebellum structures, Riverfront Park, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Songs of Park, and Bridge Tender's House. Edmund Pettus Bridge-National Historic Landmark representing Voting Rights attainment. Martin Luther King Street, A self guided tour which begins at Brown Chapel AME Church on Martin Luther Street. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Memorabilia honoring attainment of Voting Rights. Old Cahawba Archaeological Park site of Alabama's first state capital and now Alabama's most famous ghost town. Old Depot Museum, Civil War through Civil Rights history and more. Old Live Oak Cemetery, Discover monuments of prominent business figures such as U. S. Vice President William King and U. S. Congressman Benjamin Sterling Turner. Old Historic District, Performing Arts Center, Selma Interpretative Center, Welcome Center for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail operated by the National Park Service. Slavery and War Museum, sister museum to the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. Sturdivant Hall Museum, one of the South's outstanding Greek Revival antebellum homes built in 1853. Vaughan Smitherman Building, the impressive 3 story structures was built in 1847 by Selma's Masonic Lodge #27 as a boys and girls school, was a confederate hospital, a military institute and became a hospital again in 1911. It exhibits a tangible piece of Selma's past and is also used for weddings, receptions, meetings and other social functions.

Public transportation

Montgomery Regionally Airport Dannelly Field is just a 45 minute from Selma. We have (1) Rental Car Businesses located in Selma.

Medical Facilities

Selma has one hospital-Vaughan Regional Medical Center - 175 beds, Vaughan Fitness Center, featuring outdoor swimming pool, Tennis Courts, indoor racket ball court, Selma Dallas County YMCA featuring indoor heating swimming pool and children's pool. To accommodate the 3,000 veterans living in our community the Selma Outpatient Clinic provides quality health care for Veterans and is staffed by VA employees to ensure that the services provided are give by trained professionals who are committed to caring for Veterans. Rural Healthcare Medical Program is a non profit, private health care organization providing comprehensive, high quality, primary and preventive healthcare to the medically underserved population of Dallas County an surrounding areas. Selma Urgent Care and Main Street Urgent Care.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Selma, Alabama?

For those of you that retire in Selma, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Selma such as a movie, a visit to a museum or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Selma is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Selma, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  34  45  57
 Feb  38  49  61
 Mar  44  56  69
 Apr  50  63  76
 May  60  72  83
 Jun  67  78  89
 Jul  71  81  91
 Aug  70  81  91
 Sep  64  75  87
 Oct  53  65  77
 Nov  43  56  68
 Dec  37  48  59

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  14  0
 Feb  0  9  0
 Mar  0  3  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  4  0  0
 Jun  14  0  0
 Jul  20  0  0
 Aug  18  0  0
 Sep  8  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  4  0
 Dec  0  12  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  10  36 %
 Feb  4 "  9  39 %
 Mar  4 "  9  44 %
 Apr  3 "  7  51 %
 May  3 "  7  60 %
 Jun  4 "  9  68 %
 Jul  4 "  10  71 %
 Aug  3 "  8  71 %
 Sep  3 "  6  65 %
 Oct  2 "  6  55 %
 Nov  4 "  8  46 %
 Dec  3 "  9  39 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Selma, AL

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Senior Housing Options

To date the City of Selma is working with the HUD regarding Veteran and Senior living facility. We have (1) Assisting Living facility, (3) Nursing Homes, (3) RV Parks. Selma Housing Authority offers low income housing and senior rental properties.

Senior Assistance in Selma, AL

Selma, Alabama offers the following assistance for seniors:

We have West Alabama Transportation Services that provide transportation to seniors through out community. Area churches provide various Senior Programs, Meals on Wheels is provided at Blue Jean Church daily, Edmundite Missions provide meals and various programs for seniors, Our Faith Based Community actively provides/sponsors programs target for seniors as it relates to current events, health care, health fairs, physical activity. We have several agencies that provide in home medical services, rehab.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Selma Offer For Retirees?

We have lots of volunteer opportunities. Our library, hospital, colleges, schools, annual events are always in need. We have a Retired Senior Volunteer Program, (RSVP) that is active in our community that actively recruits Seniors to participate.

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