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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    C-
Calera is a suburb of Birmingham with a population of 13,216. Calera is in Shelby County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Calera offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Calera and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Calera are highly rated.
About Calera...
Population
13,216

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,058
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Calera Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    18%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Calera

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,129
National
$55,322
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Calera Reviews

31 reviews
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Pros: very low crime rate in the area; very family friendly, but not a lot to do in the town; very nice middle school, highschool, and sports complex. You you love kids sports, you will love Calera. Lots of churches. The real estate is affordable right now.
Cons: the population of Calera has grown significantly over the past several years and Calera has not adapted. The intermediate school is overcrowded. The main roads are very congested during normal commute hours and need to be expanded. The portion of old town Calera is rundown, and could use a major beautification project. The trains running through town tend to block the main roads during heavy commute hours, which can be very frustrating! The city could really use an overhaul. I'm hoping this is in the works, because Calera has wonderful potential.
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I live in south Calera, and I love it. There’s not much to do other than the railroad museum but it’s only about a 15 minute drive to Alabaster, and there’s a lot of stuff up there to do there. It’s quiet, safe, and very welcoming to new folks!
Calera is great town to live in. It is not to little or not to big. Calera is very convenient with their travel system as well. If you are looking forward to having your children attend school in Calera, it would be a great idea. Calera is ranked number one in school system in the county.