Introduction to Alabaster, Alabama

Alabaster, Alabama, in Shelby county, is 11 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 144 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia.The city is part of the Birmingham metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Alabaster History

The present day city of Alabaster was founded in 1925 by Joseph E. Walker, who established the area's first retail business. The city was named after the "white calcium carbonate mineral" that was mined here. The city's first bank was established in 1952. Alabaster was incorporated on February 23, 1953, and the city's first mayor was George L. Scott, Jr.

Alabaster and nearby Attractions

  • Alabama Wildlife Center
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
  • Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington
  • Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park

Things To Do In Alabaster

Alabaster offers a number of recreational facilities for residents and visitors. You can spend your leisure time at the Veterans Skate Park. Golf lovers can visit the Ballentrae Golf Club and Oak Mountain State Park Golf Course. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Alabaster Shopping Center. You can also visit Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama, American Village, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Tannehill Historical State Park.

Alabaster Transportation

International flights are available from Birmingham International Airport.

Alabaster Higher Education

Mitchell Cosmetology College is the local college. Samford University and University of Montevallo are also nearby.


Total Population 31,905
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 15,535
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 57.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $41,425
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,966
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,181


Median Family Income $79,761
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 19.3%
Median Gross Rent $963
Median House Value $165,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.6%
US/American 0%
English 11.1%
Irish 11.7%

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

Alabaster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Shelby
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35007
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35144
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.244
Longitude -86.816

Alabaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 15.1 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 24.3 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
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 59.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Elliotsville (35144)

Elliotsvl (35144)

Elliotsvle (35144)

Siluria (35144)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calera 12,593 $70,337
Columbiana 4,176 $51,679
Helena 17,589 $90,928
Indian Springs Village 2,505 $115,625
Montevallo 6,549 $65,347
Pelham 22,346 $81,676

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

Alabaster Public Libraries

Albert L. Scott Library
Alabaster, Alabama
(205) 664-6822
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Alabaster Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(205) 620-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 3.3

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