Chelsea is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. Chelsea was
incorporated on March 1, 1996 with a population of 906. At the 2000 census the
population was 2,949. According to U.S. Census Bureau, the 2008
population estimate for Chelsea was 4,303. Chelsea is widely considered the
fastest growing region in Shelby County, which is the fastest growing county in
the state of Alabama.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,949 people, 1,022 households, and 849 families residing in the city. The population density was 293.6 people per square mile (113.4/km˛). There were 1,091 housing units at an average density of 108.6/sq mi (42.0/km˛). 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 out 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.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% 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 population of Chelsea is rapidly increasing due to new home construction in the area. The largest of these neighborhoods is Chelsea Park, a joint venture between Eddleman Properties and Thornton Homes, which will feature about 3000 new homes when completed.
Chelsea currently has five schools in the Shelby County School system. This includes Mt. Laurel Elementary, Chelsea Intermediate, Chelsea Park Elementary, Chelsea Middle, and Chelsea High School.
The City of Chelsea was incorporated March 1, 1996. Its municipal government is now headed by the current Mayor Earl Niven and city council members Juanita Champion, Robert Barnes, Mike Denton, Ricky King, and Tony Picklesimer.