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Alabaster, Alabama
Downtown Alabaster, 2012
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Location of Alabaster in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Alabaster in Shelby County, Alabama.
Alabaster, Alabama is located in Alabama
Alabaster, Alabama
Alabaster, Alabama
Location in Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
Area
 • Total 25.68 sq mi (66.50 km2)
 • Land 25.36 sq mi (65.69 km2)
 • Water 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
Elevation
502 ft (153 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 33,284
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35007, 35114
Area codes 205, 659
FIPS code 01-00820
Website http://www.cityofalabaster.com

Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 33,284. Alabaster is the 16th largest city in Alabama by number of residents.

Geography

Alabaster is located at 33°13′52″N 86°49′26″W / 33.23111°N 86.82389°W / 33.23111; -86.82389 (33.231162, −86.823829).

Alabaster mostly occupies Cahaba and Opossum Valleys, which are divided by the Pine Ridge that runs north to south. To the east and west, both valleys are flanked by parallel mountain ridges that locally run north to south, but are a part of a larger system of ridges that generally runs north-east to south-west (the tailing ends of the Appalachian foothills). The valleys are drained by small creeks (Buck Creek, Beaverdam Creek) which flow into the Cahaba River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53 km2), of which 20.5 square miles (53 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.24%) is water.

History

Tom Williams lived in Alabaster when he was 3 years old; he has many fond memories. George L. Scott, Sr., an Alabaster pioneer, owned and operated Alabaster Lime Co. His shipping point was known as “Scott Rock”. Later, housing was built to accommodate some of the employees, and the community acquired its name Alabaster from the "white calcium carbonate mineral". The First Bank of Alabaster opened in 1952, and its president was George L. Scott, Jr., who later became the first mayor of Alabaster. The first attempt in 1952 to incorporate Alabaster failed. In January 1953, the petition was again filed, and on February 23, 1953, Alabaster was officially incorporated with a favorable vote of 79 to 23, and 427 residing inhabitants. Other Alabaster pioneers were Kenton B. Nickerson and William J. Maxwell. In 1955, the Alabaster Water and Gas Board was formed.

Demographics

City of Alabaster (1960-)

Alabaster first appeared on the 1960 U.S. Census as an incorporated city.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,623
1970 2,642 62.8%
1980 7,079 167.9%
1990 14,732 108.1%
2000 22,619 53.5%
2010 30,352 34.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 Census data

As of the census of 2010, there were 30,352 people, 11,016 households, and 6,482 families residing in the city [9]. The population density was 1,104.8 people per square mile (426.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.2% White, 15.0% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 4.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,016 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $64,411, and the median income for a family was $78,940. The per capita income for the city was $22,466. About 4.3% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

2020 Census data

Alabaster Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 21,791 65.47%
Black or African American 5,300 15.92%
Native American 63 0.19%
Asian 394 1.18%
Pacific Islander 20 0.06%
Other/Mixed 1,500 4.51%
Hispanic or Latino 4,216 12.67%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 33,284 people, 11,568 households, and 8,667 families residing in the city.

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Alabaster City Hall


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