Calera, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Calera, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Calera had a population of 13,145 as of July 1, 2016. Calera ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Calera is located at latitude 33.1223 and longitude -86.7456 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Calera (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 505 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Calera are located in Shelby County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Chilton County.

The City of Calera (GNIS ID: 2403965) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Calera is located within Calera Division of Shelby County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Calera population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Calera: Buxahatchie, Lime Kiln, Lime Plant, Lime Station.

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Calera, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 13,145
Population in Households 13,129
Population in Familes 11,155
Population in Group Qrtrs 16
Population Density1 546
Diversity Index2 51


Total Households 5,227
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 3,723
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,743 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,136 (72.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,091 (19.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 516 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $143,847
Average Home Value $170,479


Median Household Income $57,691
Average Household Income $65,572
Per Capita Income $25,298
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.99% 1.83%
Households 1.87% 1.73%
Families 2.23% 1.64%
Median Household Income   1.76%
Per Capita Income   1.69%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Calera, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Calera to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 52 91st
Population Density1 # 119 80th
Diversity Index2 # 112 81st
Median Household Income # 48 92nd
Per Capita Income # 80 86th

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