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The City of Sylacauga had a population of 12,343 as of July 1, 2022. Sylacauga 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 Sylacauga is located at latitude 33.1732 and longitude -86.2516 in Talladega County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sylacauga encompass a land area of 20.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Talladega County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 545 feet.

The City of Sylacauga 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 Sylacauga is located within Sylacauga Division of Talladega County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sylacauga: Chalakagay, Clevelands Store, Cuillicoga, Cyllacogga, Marble City, Scille Coggy, Sillacogga, Suellocauga, Suillacouge, Suyllecogga, Sylacogga, Syllacauga, Syllacogy.

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Sylacauga, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 12,343 (100%)
Population in Households 12,101 (98.0%)
Population in Families 9,600 (77.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 242 ( 2.0%)
Population Density 609
Diversity Index2 55


Median Household Income $40,643
Average Household Income $59,821
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $26,223
Wealth Index5 43


Total HU (Housing Units) 6,012 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,202 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,157 (35.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 653 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $133,026
Average Home Value $145,685
Housing Affordability Index3 155


Total Households 5,359
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 3,354
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.83% -0.52%
Households -0.48% -0.34%
Families   -0.43%
Median Household Income   4.32%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.16%

Sylacauga, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sylacauga to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 106 82nd
Median Household Income # 451 24th
Housing Affordability Index # 193 33rd
Per Capita Income # 351 41st
Diversity Index # 121 80th

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