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Calera, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Calera had a population of 13,328 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Calera, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 13,328
Daytime Population: Workers 4,154
Daytime Population: Residents 7,037
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,191
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 13,312
Population in Familes 11,268
Population in Group Qrtrs 16
Population Density2 553
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $58,101
Average Household Income $66,928
Per Capita Income $25,879


Total Housing Units 5,779 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,142 (71.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,166 (20.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 471 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $147,048
Average Home Value $171,535


Total Households 5,308
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 3,751
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.9% 1.82%
Households 1.82% 1.75%
Families 2.03% 1.62%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

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, 2017 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 # 51 91st
Population Density # 115 80th
Diversity Index # 110 81st
Median Household Income # 53 91st
Per Capita Income # 91 84th

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