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Chelsea, Alabama
Building that formerly stood in Chelsea
Building that formerly stood in Chelsea
"It's all about family"
Location of Chelsea in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Chelsea in Shelby County, Alabama.
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Coordinates: 33°20′24″N 86°37′49″W / 33.34000°N 86.63028°W / 33.34000; -86.63028
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
 • Total 24.35 sq mi (63.06 km2)
 • Land 23.93 sq mi (61.97 km2)
 • Water 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
512 ft (156 m)
 • Total 14,982
 • Density 626.13/sq mi (241.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 205, 659
FIPS code 01-14104
GNIS feature ID 0115991

Chelsea is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area. Chelsea was incorporated on March 1, 1996, with a population of 906. At the 2020 census, the population was 14,982. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 population for Chelsea was 10,183 and 14,126 in 2019. Its seasonal campsite and activities for visitors and others living in and around Chelsea is Hargis Retreat which began in 1984. Chelsea is widely considered the fastest growing city in Shelby County, which is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,329
2000 2,949 121.9%
2010 10,183 245.3%
2020 14,982 47.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Chelsea, Alabama City Hall
Chelsea City Hall

In 2010, Chelsea had a population of 10,183. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 90.5% white or Caucasian, 4.7% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from some other race, 1.3% from two or more races and 3.2% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

At the 2000 census, there were 2,949 people, 1,022 households and 849 families residing in the city. The population density was 293.6 per square mile (113.4/km2). There were 1,091 housing units at an average density of 108.6 per square mile (42.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.78% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,022 households, of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.17.

29.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,083, and the median income for a family was $72,206. Males had a median income of $46,071 versus $28,403 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,717. About 5.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

The population of Chelsea is rapidly increasing due to new home construction in the area. The largest of these neighborhoods is Chelsea Park, developed by Eddleman Properties, which will have about 2500 new homes when completed.

Notable people

  • Gary Bradberry, Charlie Bradberry, and Stanley Smith - NASCAR
  • Fabian Sanchez - Dancing With The Stars member and "Mambo King"
  • Paul Janeway - St. Paul and The Broken Bones lead singer
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