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The 2000 Census showed that Shelby County had a population of 143,293 people. This represented 3.22% of the total population of Alabama, making it the state's 6th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Shelby had a population of 192,503 people. This is an increase of 34.34% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010195,085+36.14%+1.34% since 2009
2009192,503+34.34%+2.13% since 2008
2008188,483+31.54%+2.73% since 2007
2007183,478+28.04%+2.59% since 2006
2006178,840+24.81%+4.17% since 2005
2005171,678+19.81%+3.59% since 2004
2004165,723+15.65%+3.83% since 2003
2003159,608+11.39%+3.7% since 2002
2002153,918+7.41%+3.11% since 2001
2001149,280+4.18%+4.18% since 2000
2000143,293The Last Census

Shelby County had 59,302 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Shelby County has a total area<3> of 809 square miles [2,096 km²]. Of this total, 794 square miles [2,058 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.83%) being water (14.83 square miles [38.41 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Shelby County had a population density of 180.3 people per square mile [69.6 people/km²], making it the state's 9th most densely populated county (out of 67 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Shelby County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Shelby and the state of Alabama.

Click here for the Shelby County QuickFact (QF-01117).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Shelby County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BibbQF-01007   SW21,58720,8263.65%
ChiltonQF-01021   S42,97139,5938.53%
CoosaQF-01037   SE10,55612,202-13.49%
JeffersonQF-01073   NW665,027662,0470.45%
Saint ClairQF-01115   NE81,89564,74226.49%
TalladegaQF-01121   E80,24280,321-0.1%

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Census QuickFact for Shelby County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Shelby. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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