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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population34,243
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+16,660
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married62.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher67.9%
Median Earnings25+$53,559
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,156
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,656

Wealth

Median Family Income$124,620
% Above Poverty Level95.1%
% Below Poverty Level4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,005
Median House Value$346,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.6%
English15.9%
German11.3%
Irish10.9%
Scottish4.8%
Italian4.6%
French Except Basque2.4%
Arab1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Polish1.1%
Lebanese1.1%
Dutch1%
Russian0.7%
Greek0.6%
Czech0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Austrian0.2%
US/American0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Vestavia Hills Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County, Shelby County
Standard Zip Codes35216, 35226, 35242
P.O. Box Zip Codes35266
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.42
Approximate Longitude-86.79

Vestavia Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBIRMINGHAM INTL AP
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip53.9 inches
StationBESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance12.7 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
Distance27.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Birmingham212,424$39,455
Homewood25,652$92,266
Hoover84,100$101,608
Indian Springs Village2,529$115,000
Midfield5,260$43,149
Mountain Brook20,532$154,313

Vestavia Hills Public Libraries

Vestavia Hills Library In The Forest
1221 MONTGOMERY HIGHWAY
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
(205) 978-0155

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Vestavia Hills Public Schools

Louis Pizitz Middle Sch
2020 Pizitz Dr
ZIP: 35216
Middle
Total Enrollment 1075
Vestavia Hills Elem Central
1289 Montgomery Hwy
ZIP: 35216
Middle
Total Enrollment 753
Vestavia Hills Elem Sch East
2109 Tyson Dr
ZIP: 35216
Primary
Total Enrollment 793
Vestavia Hills Elem Sch West
1965 Merryvale Rd
ZIP: 35216
Primary
Total Enrollment 800
Vestavia Hills High Sch
2235 Lime Rock Rd
ZIP: 35216
High
Total Enrollment 1908
Liberty Pk Elem
17051 Liberty Pkwy
ZIP: 35242
Primary
Total Enrollment 632
Liberty Pk Middle Sch
17035 Liberty Parkway
ZIP: 35242
Middle
Total Enrollment 481
Cahaba Heights Comm Sch
4401 Dolly Ridge Road
ZIP: 35243
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
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