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Minor, Alabama
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Alabama
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
 • Total 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Land 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • Total 1,088
 • Density 1,638.55/sq mi (632.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-49072
GNIS feature ID 0122875

Minor is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is located north of the Birmingham suburb, Pleasant Grove and has a population of 1,094 (2010 census). Minor was damaged by an F5 tornado on April 8, 1998, including damage inflicted on the non-denominational Open Door Church.


Minor is located at 33°32′23″N 86°56′24″W / 33.53972°N 86.94000°W / 33.53972; -86.94000 (33.539656, -86.940000).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all land.


2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,094 people, 405 households, and 294 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,600 people per square mile (610/km2). Housing units numbered 462 at an average density of 660 per square mile (256.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.6% White, 20.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.0% Asian, and 0.5% from two or more races. 1.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

27.2% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.13.

23.1% were under age 18, 6.9% were from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% 65 or older. The median age was 39.8. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.3 males.

Median household income was $49,583, while median family income was $57,955. Males had a median income of $38,438 versus $27,011 for females. Per capita income was $24,406. About 16.0% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 0% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Minor racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 594 54.6%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 357 32.81%
Native American 5 0.46%
Asian 4 0.37%
Other/Mixed 55 5.06%
Hispanic or Latino 73 6.71%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,088 people, 315 households, and 233 families residing in the CDP.


In 1922, a new high school was opened in 1922 and was named after a recently retired Jefferson County school superintendent, John W. Minor. The land for the school property was donated by the Young family. The location was at the center of the different coal mine communities (Bayview, Brookside, Docena, Edgewater and Mulga) and other communities and later communities (Adamsville, Alden, Crumly Chapel, Forestdale, Fieldstown, Graysville, Hillview, Maytown, McDonald Chapel, Mineral Springs, Republic, Sandusky and Sylvan Springs) thus making it a great location for a high school. It served as the high school through May 1997 when a new high school was built and classes began in the fall of 1997.

Businesses: Over the years a few businesses were established: Minor Grocery (owner Grace Houk), Powell/Motley Grocery, Top Hat Inn (a night club), Donaldson Filling Station, Minor Ice Cream Bar (started by the Blevins family and later operated by Tommy and Jones Pender, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and others), Anthony/Gardner/Lucas Bus Lines, Stowe Florist, Reach's Hair Salon, Pit Stop.

Churches: Minor First Baptist, Minor Methodist, Westmont Baptist, Minor church of Christ, Open Door.


Over the years, a few businesses were established:

  • Minor Grocery (owner Grace Houk)
  • Powell/Motley Grocery
  • Top Hat Inn, a night club
  • Donaldson Filling Station
  • Minor Ice Cream Bar, started by the Blevins family and later operated by Tommy and Jones Pender, the Marshman's, the Alexander's and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
  • Anthony/Gardner/Lucas Bus Lines
  • Lindley Plumbing & Heating Co. (1960 to 2001)
  • Stowe Florist
  • Reach's Hair Salon
  • Pit Stop gas station
  • Jones Florist
  • Rankin's TV Repair and Stouts Watch Repair

At the fork of Mulga Loop Road and Docena Road (later changed to Minor Parkway) stood Pete's and Bud's Bar-B-que and later a Shell service station. Frank Baker built a service station across the road that was demolished to build a highway. Tillman's service station was up the road toward Ensley and later became Plunkett's Bar-B-Que. Still later, Charlie's (a nightclub) was built near Docena Road and Birmingport. A small stripmall was built on Birmingport Road by the Echert's. It had a Shell service station, a restaurant and a convenience store. Later, all but the gas station portion burned down.

By 2017, only the Pit Stop was in business.

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