According to the data collected by the United States Census Bureau, the city of Commerce has a total land area of 8.3 square miles (21.5 km?). This total area is composed of 8.3 square miles (21.5 km?) land and only 0.12% water.
In 2000, the US census recorded 5,292 people residing in the city, with 2,051 households and 1,433 families. There are also 2,273 housing units with a racial composition 0.15% Native Americans, 0.49% Asians, 83.13% White, 14.74% African Americans, 0.60% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more racial groups; Hispanics or Latino of any race compose 1.
55% of the total population.
Before the White settlers resided in the city, it was the Creeks and Cherokee who inhabited the area. These two inhabitants lived in opposite areas of the city: the Creeks resided in the Southern part of the city, while the Cherokees resided in the Northern part. Despite the significant trade and travel route within the city, in 1770 a very complicated war between these two inhabitants broke out. The war was found to be due to territorial issues. The war aimed to decide which party had the right to claim the territory between Lacoda Trail, a very popular trading route, and Tishmaugu, which is now known as Mulberry River. The battle ended when Talitchlechee, the leader of the Creeks, killed Amercides, the Spanish Cherokee king.
Of the total number of households in the city, 28.9% have children below the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% are married couples living together, 15.3% are female heads of households, and 30.1% are non-family members.