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Pelham is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in July 1964.[4] At the 2000 census the population was 14,369, but has grown to 21,352 recorded by the 2010 census. It was named for Confederate American Civil War officer John Pelham.

Pelham, Alabama
Location of Pelham in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Pelham in Shelby County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°18′16″N 86°47′5″W / 33.30444°N 86.78472°W / 33.30444; -86.78472
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyShelby
Government
 • MayorGary W. Waters
Area
 • Total39.33 sq mi (101.85 km2)
 • Land38.82 sq mi (100.54 km2)
 • Water0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
Elevation
502 ft (153 m)
Population
 • Total21,352
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
23,744
 • Density611.66/sq mi (236.17/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35124
Area code(s)205
FIPS code01-58848
GNIS feature ID0124572
Websitehttp://www.pelhamonline.com/

GeographyEdit

Pelham is located at 33°18′16″N 86°47′5″W / 33.30444°N 86.78472°W / 33.30444; -86.78472 (33.304581, -86.784620).[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.3 square miles (99 km2), 38.0 square miles (98 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.89%) is water.

Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest state park, is located in Pelham.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1970931
19806,759626.0%
19909,76544.5%
200014,36947.1%
201021,35248.6%
Est. 201823,744[3]11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[7]

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,369 people, 5,637 households, and 4,002 families residing in the city. The population density was 378.2 people per square mile (146.0/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 155.1 per square mile (59.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.02% White, 3.97% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 2.82% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 6.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,637 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,808, and the median income for a family was $79,794. Males had a median income of $42,659 versus $32,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,611. About 3.4% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,352 people, 8,149 households, and 5,764 families residing in the city. The population density was 561.9 people per square mile (217.0/km²). There were 8,541 housing units at an average density of 224.8 per square mile (86.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.2% White, 7.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 6.9% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 14.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,149 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,622, and the median income for a family was $80,690. Males had a median income of $56,277 versus $42,269 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,467. About 3.8% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

City governmentEdit

The City of Pelham operates under the Mayor/Council Act. The Mayor serves as the city's chief executive and the City Council act much like a board of directors. The city also has a chief of police, fire chief, finance director / city clerk, building inspector, permits clerk, revenue director, director of golf, parks manager, waterworks superintendent, librarian, and departments thereof.

Mayors of Pelham, 1964–presentEdit

Name Party Term Occupation
Paul Yeager Sr Democratic 1964– 1972 Farmer
Burk Dunnaway Democratic 1972 –1984 Junk Dealer
Bobby Hayes Republican 1984 –2008 Police Officer
Don Murphy Republican 2008–2012 Real Estate Broker
Gary Waters Republican 2012 –____ Fire Chief

EducationEdit

Pelham City Schools operates public schools and has done so since it was established on July 1, 2014.[8] It operates Pelham High School.

Previously it was in the Shelby County School System. Prior to 2014 some portions of Pelham bordering Chelsea attended public schools in Chelsea; residents there were concerned about the separation of Pelham due to the distance of schools in Pelham from their areas.[9]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Pelham - Encyclopedia of Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "School System." City of Pelham. Retrieved on January 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Reed, Martin J. (2013-06-17). "Pelham opposition growing to separating from Shelby County school system". AL.com. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. ^ "John Green on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  11. ^ "School Directory (Sport Schedule & Roster)". AHSAA. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. https://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search". United States Census Bureau. https://web.archive.org/web/20131013222920/http://2010.census.gov/2010census/popmap/. Retrieved 2011-08-10

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