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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 22,346
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,942
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 54.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.8%
Median Earnings25+ $40,676
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,656
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,971

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,676
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,059
Median House Value $164,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.9%
US/American 0%
English 14%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station BESSEMER 3 WSW
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
Station CHILDERSBURG WATER PLANT
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
Station THORSBY EXP STATION
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 31,905 $79,761
Chelsea 11,386 $90,245
Helena 17,589 $90,928
Hoover 83,547 $100,548
Indian Springs Village 2,505 $115,625
Vestavia Hills 34,116 $117,225

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pelham Public Libraries

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Pelham Public Library
3160 PELHAM PARKWAY
Pelham, Alabama
(205) 620-6418
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Pelham High Schools

PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL
2500 PANTHER CIR
205-682-5500
Serves 1,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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