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Chelsea, Michigan
City of Chelsea
Downtown Chelsea and the clock tower
Downtown Chelsea and the clock tower
Official seal of Chelsea, Michigan
A city of history, a city of pride
Location within Washtenaw County
Location within Washtenaw County
Chelsea, Michigan is located in Michigan
Chelsea, Michigan
Chelsea, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
Incorporated 2004
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 3.67 sq mi (9.50 km2)
 • Land 3.62 sq mi (9.37 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
932 ft (284 m)
 • Total 5,467
 • Density 1,510.22/sq mi (583.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 734 Exchanges: 433,475
FIPS code 26-15020
GNIS feature ID 0623143

Chelsea is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,467 at the 2020 census.

In March 2004 by a 995–226 vote, residents approved a change in municipal status from a village into a city. Residents no longer pay property taxes to adjacent Lima and Sylvan townships as they had under the village government. The city provides all services formerly provided by both village and township governments.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.68 square miles (9.53 km2), of which 3.63 square miles (9.40 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Chelsea Michigan Clocktower
Chelsea clocktower
Chelsea Milling Company
Chelsea Milling Co. grain elevators


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Chelsea has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,013
1880 1,160 14.5%
1890 1,356 16.9%
1900 1,635 20.6%
1910 1,764 7.9%
1920 2,079 17.9%
1930 2,268 9.1%
1940 2,246 −1.0%
1950 2,580 14.9%
1960 3,355 30.0%
1970 3,858 15.0%
1980 3,816 −1.1%
1990 3,772 −1.2%
2000 4,398 16.6%
2010 4,944 12.4%
2020 5,467 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,944 people, 2,224 households, and 1,284 families living in the city. The population density was 1,362.0 inhabitants per square mile (525.9/km2). There were 2,436 housing units at an average density of 671.1 per square mile (259.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 2,224 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.3% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 43.5 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.5% male and 54.5% female.


In 2008, Chelsea District Library was named Best Small Library in America by Library Journal.

Sister cities

  • Flag of Japan.svg Shimizu


Chelsea Milling, maker of Jiffy Mix, is based in Chelsea. Other employers include Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea, the Chrysler Proving Grounds, and the Special Alternative Incarceration Facility.


Chelsea High Schol
Chelsea High School

Chelsea residents typically send their children to public institutions, including North Creek Elementary School (formerly North Elementary), South Meadows Elementary School (formerly South Elementary), Pierce Lake Elementary School (now closed), Dwight E. Beach Middle School, and Chelsea High School.

Notable people

  • Lynn Allen, NFL player
  • Dwight E. Beach, U.S. Army general and namesake of Beach Middle School
  • Jeff Daniels, actor of stage and screen. Founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea.
  • Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award winner, poet, novelist
  • Tony Scheffler, professional football player for the Detroit Lions

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See also

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