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Calera
Calera, Alabama
The Calera Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2006.
The Calera Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2006.
Location of Calera in Chilton County and Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Calera in Chilton County and Shelby County, Alabama.
Calera is located in the United States
Calera
Calera
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Chilton, Shelby
Area
 • Total 24.47 sq mi (63.38 km2)
 • Land 24.21 sq mi (62.70 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.68 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16,494
 • Density 681.32/sq mi (263.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35040
Area code(s) 205, 659
FIPS code 01-11416

Calera is a city in Shelby and Chilton counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is the location of the Shelby County Airport.

As of the 2010 census Calera had a population of 11,620, more than tripling its total in 2000, making it the fastest-growing city in Alabama. It is within the Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Calera is located in southern Shelby County at 33°06′27″N 86°45′00″W / 33.107572°N 86.749964°W / 33.107572; -86.749964. The city limits extend southward into Chilton County along U.S. Route 31, the main highway through the city. Interstate 65 passes through the eastern side of the city, with access from exits 228, 231, and 234.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.1 km2), of which 24.1 square miles (62.4 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 1.17%, is water.

History

The city of Calera was incorporated in 1887, and named after the Spanish word for "limestone" for all of the limestone deposits located in the area.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 234
1890 753 221.8%
1900 770 2.3%
1910 754 −2.1%
1920 852 13.0%
1930 975 14.4%
1940 1,092 12.0%
1950 1,361 24.6%
1960 1,928 41.7%
1970 1,655 −14.2%
1980 2,035 23.0%
1990 2,136 5.0%
2000 3,158 47.8%
2010 11,620 268.0%
2020 16,494 41.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,620 people, 4,657 households, and 3,240 families living in the city. The population density was 482.2 people per square mile (186.2/km2). There were 5,128 housing units at an average density of 212.8 per square mile (82.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.2% White, 23.0% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 2.9% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 5.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 4,657 households 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.9% of households were one person and 5.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 39.5% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% 65 or older. The median age was 31.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median household income was $54,080 and the median family income was $62,117. Males had a median income of $47,125 versus $37,888 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,391. About 9.6% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Calera racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 9,264 56.17%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5,205 31.56%
Native American 31 0.19%
Asian 134 0.81%
Pacific Islander 3 0.02%
Other/Mixed 816 4.95%
Hispanic or Latino 1,041 6.31%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,494 people, 5,100 households, and 3,469 families residing in the city.

Points of interest

  • Shelby County Airport
  • Oliver Park
  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
  • Peek's Auto Tops and Interiors
  • George Roy Park
  • Timberline Golf Course
  • Calera Presbyterian Church
  • Ozan Winery
  • Vizzini Winery

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Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Calera has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Calera, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 12.2
(54)
15.6
(60)
19.4
(67)
25
(77)
28.3
(83)
31.7
(89)
33.3
(92)
32.8
(91)
30
(86)
25
(77)
18.9
(66)
14.4
(58)
23.9
(75)
Average low °C (°F) -0.6
(31)
0.6
(33)
5
(41)
8.9
(48)
12.8
(55)
17.2
(63)
19.4
(67)
18.9
(66)
16.1
(61)
8.9
(48)
3.9
(39)
0.6
(33)
9.4
(49)
Precipitation mm (inches) 130
(5.1)
135
(5.3)
165
(6.5)
132
(5.2)
102
(4)
107
(4.2)
137
(5.4)
107
(4.2)
97
(3.8)
71
(2.8)
94
(3.7)
130
(5.1)
1,400
(55.1)
Source: Weatherbase


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