Chelsea, AL Profile: Facts & Data


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Chelsea, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Chelsea had a population of 12,231 as of July 1, 2018. 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 33.3401 and longitude -86.6303 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chelsea 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.

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Chelsea, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 12,231
Population in Households 11,856
Population in Familes 10,541
Population in Group Qrtrs 375
Population Density2 561
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $84,143
Average Household Income $102,333
Per Capita Income $37,215


Total Housing Units 4,718 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,903 (82.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 482 (10.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 334 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $233,320
Average Home Value $289,246


Total Households 4,384
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 3,383
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.15% 1.87%
Households 2.14% 1.88%
Families 1.65% 1.76%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

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, 2018 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 # 59 90th
Population Density # 115 80th
Diversity Index # 368 37th
Median Household Income # 12 98th
Per Capita Income # 19 97th

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