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Hoover, Alabama
City
Riverchase Galleria
Riverchase Galleria
Location in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the state of Alabama
Location in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the state of Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Jefferson, Shelby
Settled 1850s
Incorporated (city) April 28, 1967
Area
 • City 43.64 sq mi (113 km2)
 • Land 43.13 sq mi (111.7 km2)
 • Water 0.51 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation 577 ft (166 m)
Population (2015)
 • City 84,848 (US: 387th)
 • Density 1,967/sq mi (760/km2)
 • Metro 1,145,067 (US: 49th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 35216, 35226, 35236, 35244
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-35896
GNIS feature ID 0120346
Website www.hooveral.org

Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in north central Alabama, United States. The largest suburb around Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,848 as of the 2015 US Census estimate. Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover’s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Hoover is home to the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast and one of the largest mixed-use centers in the U.S. with 2.4 million square feet (222,967 m²) of total retail floor area. The Riverchase Galleria complex includes shopping, hotel and office space. The Birmingham Barons Minor League Baseball team, which traces its history to 1885, played its home games at the 10,800 seat Hoover Metropolitan Stadium until the team began playing home games at the Regions Field in downtown Birmingham in April 2013. Michael Jordan's brief professional baseball career was with the Barons in 1994.

History

Hoover AL Public Library hallway
Hoover Public Library

The City of Hoover was incorporated in 1967. It was named after William H. Hoover, a local insurance company owner. The area had been known as the Green Valley community since the 1930s and was mostly a residential community. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the city was still mostly residential with a small City Hall that included space for the police department. The annexation of the Riverchase business and residential community on September 8, 1980 provided a base of large office buildings and employers to the city. A significant change to the city occurred when Interstate I-459 was opened with a major interchange with Interstate I-65 within the city. The most dramatic change occurred in 1986 when the Riverchase Galleria shopping-hotel-office complex opened. This significantly increased the tax revenue for the city. It was the catalyst to bring new residents and businesses to the city. The city has grown extremely fast with annexations and new developments. The city now provides services from many large city facilities including a Municipal Center, a Library, and a Public Safety Center. Residents and businesses are drawn to the city because of the rolling hills and nice residential areas, schools, city services, shopping, and business communities. The city will likely continue to boom population wise; the population has risen significantly in Hoover from 2008 and is now 81,619 as of the 2010 Census.

Geography

Hoover is located at 33°23′11″N 86°48′18″W / 33.386435°N 86.804938°W / 33.386435; -86.804938.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.65 square miles (113.1 km2), of which 43.13 square miles (111.7 km2) is land and 0.51 square miles (1.3 km2) (1.17%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 688
1980 18,996 2,661.0%
1990 39,788 109.5%
2000 62,742 57.7%
2010 81,619 30.1%
Est. 2015 84,848 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 62,742 people, 25,191 households, and 17,406 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,454.6 people per square mile (561.7/km²). There were 27,150 housing units at an average density of 629.4 per square mile (243.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.66% White, 6.77% Black, 0.16% Native American, 2.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 3.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,191 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $75,365, and the median income for a family was $89,513. Males had a median income of $55,660 versus $34,836 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,361. About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 84,126 people, 32,478 households, and 22,476 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,870.3 people per square mile (722.3/km²). There were 35,474 housing units at an average density of 812.9 per square mile (313.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White, 14.8% Black, 0.2% Native American, 5.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 3.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. 6.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 32,478 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $72,960, and the median income for a family was $94,066. Males had a median income of $65,023 versus $44,525 for females. The per capita income for the city was $39,141. About 3.4% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Hoover is served by two interstate highways, 65 and 459, with a major interchange near the center of the city. Major arterial roads include U.S. Route 31 as a north-south route through the middle of the city, U.S. Route 280 in the eastern portion of the city, Route 150 as an east-west road connecting the city center to the western side, and Valleydale Road connecting Route 31 and Route 280. Hoover is also served by the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) bus system.

Communities

  • Acton
  • Altadena
  • Bluff Park
  • Caldwell Mill
  • Chace Lake
  • Country Club Highlands
  • Deer Valley
  • Georgetown
  • Green Valley
  • Greystone
  • Inverness
  • Lake Cyrus
  • Patton Chapel
  • Riverchase
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Ross Bridge
  • Russet Woods
  • Shades Mountain
  • Shoal Creek
  • Southlake
  • The Preserve
  • Trace Crossings

Parks

  • Aldridge Gardens
  • Bluff Park Community Center and Playground
  • Blue Ridge Park
  • Georgetown Park
  • Howard Lake Park
  • Inverness Park
  • Loch Haven Park
  • Moss Rock Preserve
  • Ross Park
  • Russet Woods Park
  • Star Lake Park
  • Veterans Park
  • Wildflower Park

Points of interest

  • Aldridge Botanical Gardens
  • Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (formerly Regions Park), home of the SEC baseball tournament
  • Riverchase Galleria
  • Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, which boasts the third-longest golf course in the world


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