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Founded in 1847, Selma is believed to be one of the many settlements along the Cibolo Creek founded by German pioneers. One of the first settlements in the San Antonio area, the City of Selma is located on the Old Austin Road – which is now Interstate 35. Selma, which covers approximately five square miles, is in three counties (Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe) and today, has a population of more than 6,000. Remarkably, Selma’s population grew over 600 percent from 2000 to 2010! This growth has occurred due to Selma’s prime location along IH 35 just outside Loop 1604 near Randolph Air Force Base.

Traveling Accommodations & Retail Attractions

The traveling public can be accommodated by a Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Inn & Suites, both conveniently located in Selma along IH 35. Both hotels also have ample meeting & conference space. Visitors can take advantage of visiting one of the largest outdoor shopping centers in Texas, the Forum at Olympia Parkway, which offers an array of retail and restaurant establishments. Some of the anchor businesses in the Forum Shopping Center include Toys R Us, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, Old Navy, TJ Maxx and Macaroni Grill. Selma is also home to Retama Park, one of only three horse-racing facilities in Texas! —

Residential & Multi-Family Housing

On the residential side, there are plenty of existing and new subdivisions to go around. Centex/Pulte are currently building and selling homes in four subdivisions: Retama Springs & Retama West, both located off of Lookout Road and The Trails at Kensington Ranch & Kensington Ranch II both located off of FM 1518. The newest residential subdivision, Creek Side Gardens located off of Lookout Road, is beginning construction. Selma also claims two apartment complexes: Lookout Hollow Apartments located off of Lookout Road and the Retreat at Chelsea Park located off of IH 35. Due to near 100 percent occupancy, Lookout Hollow Apartments is beginning to undergo the second phase by constructing an additional 150 apartment units.


Selma school-age children are served by the Judson Independent School District, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District and the Comal Independent School District, depending on their home address. There are also a variety of higher institution learning facilities nearby. These include Northeast Lakeview College, University of the Incarnate Word Adult Degree Completion Program, University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University in San Marcos.

Historic Property Attractions & Recreation Amenities

Selma will not be without a memory of its past. In 2007, a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation helped to fund the restoration of the historic Stage Coach Stop, construct a Visitors’ Center and a City Park. Selma is now set to begin restoration of the Harrison House, another historic property that will remind folks of Selma’s history. When completed, the Harrison House will serve as a Community Center, and the surrounding area will include a park play area, a pavilion, a dog park, open space, parking, interpretive/educational kiosks, and additional hike and bike trails that will link to the Stage Stop Park.

For the past three years, Selma has co-sponsored the Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members 5k Fun Run/Walk. The proceeds from this event have been donated to Operation Comfort, an organization dedicated to aiding the wounded military in the greater San Antonio area. Selma residents also benefit from other city events like Movie-in-the-Park Night, Halloween and Christmas for the kiddos at the Fire Station, and National Night Out. Selma residents enjoy having one of the lowest tax rates, utility rates and fire insurance premiums in the area!

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