Introduction to Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Vestavia Hills, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 3 miles NE of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 139 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is conveniently located inside the Birmingham metropolitan area.

Vestavia Hills History

Vestavia Hills began as a planned community after World War II. It started on the crest of Shades Mountain. The area's 607 residents formed their town on November 8, 1950. In the early 1920s, when most of the settlers arrived, they built little homes on the road that joined Birmingham to Montgomery. It was Mr. Charles Byrd who named the area Vestavia Hills in 1946, after purchasing land from George Battey Ward, one of the earliest settlers. Ward named his home Vestavia which meant 'home by the way,' and this is how Byrd got the idea to name the area Vestavia Hills.

Vestavia Hills and nearby Attractions

  • Vestavia Country Club
  • Vestavia Hills Civic Center
  • Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
  • Park South Shopping Center
  • Vestavia Lake

Things To Do In Vestavia Hills

While in Vestavia Hills one can visit the Bessemer Hall of History, McWane Center, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, and the Southern Museum of Flight. You can also visit the Vestavia Hills Richard M. Scrushy Public Library while in the city. The city also has several Methodist and Episcopal churches. There are also many shopping centers that offer shopping and recreational facilities. One can also visit the Huckleberry Branch and Vestavia lake.

Vestavia Hills Transportation

Birmingham International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Vestavia Hills Higher Education

Residents of Vestavia Hills can avail higher education from Samford University and Jefferson State Community College. Other educational institutes near Vestavia Hills are the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo.


Total Population 34,116
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 16,366
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 62.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.9%
Median Earnings25+ $53,895
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,505
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,535


Median Family Income $117,225
% Above Poverty Level 95.7%
% Below Poverty Level 4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,007
Median House Value $346,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 16%
Irish 10.6%

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

Vestavia Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 139 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Jefferson
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35216, 35226, 35242
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35266
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.448
Longitude -86.787

Vestavia Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Distance 12.7 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 27.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bham (35266)

Bluff Park (35226)

Shoal Creek (35242)

Vestavia (35216, 35226, 35242, 35266)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Birmingham 212,211 $37,257
Homewood 25,535 $82,267
Hoover 83,547 $100,548
Indian Springs Village 2,505 $115,625
Midfield 5,284 $46,290
Mountain Brook 20,518 $153,220

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

Vestavia Hills Public Libraries

Vestavia Hills Richard M. Scrushy Public Libr
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
(205) 978-0155

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