Chelsea, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chelsea, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Chelsea had a population of 11,839 as of July 1, 2017. Chelsea ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chelsea is located at latitude 33.3269 and longitude -86.6295 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chelsea (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0.38 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 512 feet.

The City of Chelsea (GNIS ID: 2404037) 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 Chelsea is located within Chelsea Division of Shelby County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chelsea population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 11,839
Daytime Population: Workers 2,255
Daytime Population: Residents 6,455
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,710
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.74
Population in Households 11,472
Population in Familes 10,229
Population in Group Qrtrs 367
Population Density2 543
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $80,112
Average Household Income $98,351
Per Capita Income $35,698


Total Housing Units 4,534 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,698 (81.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 539 (11.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 297 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $232,155
Average Home Value $281,307


Total Households 4,237
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 3,281
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 1.99% 1.85%
Households 1.96% 1.83%
Families 1.45% 1.73%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.52%

Chelsea, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chelsea 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 # 60 90th
Population Density # 117 80th
Diversity Index # 365 37th
Median Household Income # 14 98th
Per Capita Income # 22 96th

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