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The City of Alabaster had a population of 34,133 as of July 1, 2021. Alabaster 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 Alabaster is located at latitude 33.2443 and longitude -86.8164 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alabaster encompass a land area of 24.46 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 502 feet.

The City of Alabaster 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 Alabaster is located within Alabaster-Helena Division of Shelby County.


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Alabaster, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)

POPULATION

Total Population 34,133 (100%)
Population in Households 33,851 (99.2%)
Population in Families 29,498 (86.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 282 ( 0.8%)
Population Density 1,352
Diversity Index2 50
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $72,149
Average Household Income $85,537
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $30,300
Wealth Index5 83
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 12,791 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,619 (83.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,329 (10.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 843 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $185,928
Average Home Value $207,318
Housing Affordability Index3 240
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 11,948
Average Household Size 2.83
Family Households 9,022
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.84% 1.04%
Households 0.82% 1.05%
Families 0.56% 0.94%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.31%
Owner Occupied HU   1.16%

Alabaster, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alabaster to the other 586 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 16 97th
Population Density # 27 96th
Median Household Income # 44 93rd
Housing Affordability Index # 385 66th
Per Capita Income # 93 84th
Diversity Index # 147 75th

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