Introduction to Pelham, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama, in Shelby county, is 8 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 143 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is in the Birmingham area. There are 14,369 residents in Pelham.

Pelham History

The City of Pelham was originally named Shelbyville. The first county court of Shelby County was established in this area in 1820. Later in 1826, the court house was relocated to Columbiana. After the American Civil War, the area was renamed after John Pelham, an American Civil War officer. The city was incorporated on July 10, 1964. Paul Yeager, Sr. was the city's first mayor.

Pelham and nearby Attractions

  • Pelham Industrial Park
  • Pelham Plaza Shopping Center
  • Piney Grove Church
  • Lake Melaken
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Cole-Hall Lumber LBR

Things To Do In Pelham

While in Pelham, you can visit the Verizon Music Center, Pelham Racquet Club, Pelham Civic Complex and Oak Mountain State Park. The city offers golf facilities at the Ballantrae Golf Club. The Heart of Dixie, the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama, is also worth visiting. While visiting this museum, visitors can see railroad memorabilia, take a ride on a historic train, or ride Alabama's only operating narrow-gauge steam locomotive. Alabama's largest park, Oak Mountain, offers vacation cottages, golf, camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, a demonstration farm, and horseback riding facilities.

Pelham Transportation

Birmingham International Airport is the closest airport.

Pelham Higher Education

Institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Pelham are Samford University, University of Montevallo, and Jefferson Community College.


Total Population 22,106
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,280
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 53.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $40,763
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,371
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,016


Median Family Income $82,513
% Above Poverty Level 94.7%
% Below Poverty Level 5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,054
Median House Value $168,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0%
English 14.9%
Irish 11.6%

Pelham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 143 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Shelby
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35124
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.285
Longitude -86.81

Pelham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 78 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches
Distance 26.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pelham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Indian Springs (35124)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alabaster 30,978 $76,753
Chelsea 11,051 $91,370
Helena 16,752 $93,914
Hoover 82,849 $99,072
Indian Springs Village 2,490 $109,259
Vestavia Hills 34,061 $112,875

Pelham Public Libraries

Pelham Public Library
Pelham, Alabama
(205) 620-6418
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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