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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,596
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+12,036
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married54.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.8%
Median Earnings25+$41,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,117
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,342

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,431
% Above Poverty Level94.3%
% Below Poverty Level5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone25.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,005
Median House Value$169,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.6%
English13.2%
Irish10.2%
German9.2%
Italian5.8%
Scottish2.6%
African2%
French Except Basque2%
Dutch1.5%
Arab0.9%
South African0.8%
Polish0.8%
Greek0.8%
Lebanese0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Nigerian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Russian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Pelham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Shelby County
Standard Zip Codes35124
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.3
Approximate Longitude-86.79

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)

StationBESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 94 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip59.3 inches
StationCHILDERSBURG WATER PLANT
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 78 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches
StationTHORSBY EXP STATION
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alabaster32,269$81,063
Chelsea11,706$96,430
Helena17,630$93,331
Hoover84,100$101,608
Indian Springs Village2,529$115,000
Vestavia Hills34,243$124,620

Pelham Public Libraries

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

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Pelham Public Schools

Linda Nolen Learning Center
2280 Highwy 35
ZIP: 35124
Other
Total Enrollment 50
Pelham High Sch
2500 Panther Cir
ZIP: 35124
Pelham High School
2500 Panther Cir
ZIP: 35124
High
Total Enrollment 940
Valley Elem Sch
310 Opportunity Dr
ZIP: 35124
Valley Elementary School
310 Opportunity Dr
ZIP: 35124
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Valley Intermediate Sch
2200 Highway 33
ZIP: 35124
Valley Intermediate School
2200 Highway 33
ZIP: 35124
Primary
Total Enrollment 750
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