Chelsea, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chelsea, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Chelsea is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Washtenaw County at latitude 42.3114 and longitude -84.0194. Washtenaw County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 938 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Chelsea, but most people and references simply refer to it as Chelsea, Michigan.

The P1 Census Class Code for Chelsea indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Chelsea (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles.

City of Chelsea, MI Boundary Map


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Chelsea, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,997
Population in Households 4,912
Population in Familes 3,761
Population in Group Qrtrs 85
Population Density1 1,375
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 2,271
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 1,293
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,452 (59.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 819 (33.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 185 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $177,583
Average Home Value $189,910


Median Household Income $51,098
Average Household Income $70,876
Per Capita Income $32,404
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.25% 0.51%
Households 0.49% 0.6%
Families 0.16% 0.37%
Median Household Income   4.95%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Chelsea, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chelsea to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 172 75th
Population Density1 # 228 67th
Diversity Index2 # 428 39th
Median Household Income # 177 75th
Per Capita Income # 71 90th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.