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Mountain Brook, Alabama
The "Old Mill" on Shades Creek
The "Old Mill" on Shades Creek
Official seal of Mountain Brook, Alabama
"Find Peace. Find Mountain Brook."
Location of Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Location of Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
Incorporated March 24, 1942
 • Type Council-manager
 • Total 12.84 sq mi (33.25 km2)
 • Land 12.82 sq mi (33.20 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 22,461
 • Density 1,752.03/sq mi (676.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
35213, 35223, 35243
Area code(s) 205 & 659
FIPS code 01-51696
GNIS feature ID 0123503
Mtn. Brook City Schools @ — 4 Primary schools, 1 Jr. High School, 1 Sr. High School

Mountain Brook is a city in southeastern Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, and a suburb of Birmingham. Its population at the 2010 census was 20,413.


The city was originally developed in 1929 by real-estate businessman Robert Jemison, Jr., as an extensive residential subdivision along the ridges known as Red Mountain and Shades Mountain. It was incorporated on May 24, 1942. The plans, by Boston-based landscape architect Warren H. Manning, called for estate-sized lots along winding scenic roads and denser commercial development centering on three picturesque "villages": English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village. Most of Mountain Brook's development preserved the existing trees: 92.03% is under tree cover, one of the highest ratios in the nation. Residential sections such as Cherokee Bend, Brookwood Forest, Overton, and Crestline have houses in a forest setting, with a recreational network of bridle paths. This has protected the area from urban encroachment.

Mountain Brook is the location of the first office park in the U.S., built in 1955. It featured the then novel concepts of ample free parking and low-profile office buildings surrounded by waterspouts and landscaped grounds.

A new city hall, including a fire and police station, was completed in 2013.


The city is located at 33°29′13″N 86°44′26″W / 33.48694°N 86.74056°W / 33.48694; -86.74056 (33.486972, -86.740465).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 12.2 square miles (32 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 8,359
1960 12,680 51.7%
1970 19,509 53.9%
1980 19,718 1.1%
1990 19,810 0.5%
2000 20,604 4.0%
2010 20,413 −0.9%
2020 22,461 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2020 census

Mountain Brook racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 21,241 94.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 91 0.41%
Native American 10 0.04%
Asian 239 1.06%
Other/Mixed 529 2.36%
Hispanic or Latino 351 1.56%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 22,461 people, 7,284 households, and 5,736 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,413 people, 7,731 households, and 5,864 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,673.2 people per square mile (643.9/km2). There were 8,266 housing units at an average density of 675.8 per square mile (260.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 1.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,731 households, out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

The population was spread out, with 29.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household was $130,721, and the median income for a family was $164,750. Males had a median income of $124,224 versus $54,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $76,763. 1.8% of families and 3.7% of individuals were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of individuals under 18 and 2.5% of those 65 and over.

According to a list compiled in 2008 by Stephen Higley, it is the ninth wealthiest community in the United States. It is often referred to as "The Tiny Kingdom" due to its high concentration of the region's business and professional leaders, and the disparity of wealth between it and Birmingham where according to census data nearly a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.


The Mountain Brook School System is consistently rated one of the best in the state. It includes the following six schools, all of which have been awarded the Blue Ribbon:

  • Brookwood Forest Elementary
  • Cherokee Bend Elementary
  • Crestline Elementary
  • Mountain Brook Elementary
  • Mountain Brook Junior High
  • Mountain Brook High School

Notable people

  • Courteney Cox, actress
  • Tribble Reese, actor
  • Natalee Holloway, unsolved disappearance
  • Gregg Carr, orthopedist and former Pittsburgh Steelers football player
  • Alan Hunter, MTV Veejay
  • Barret Swatek, Hollywood actress, Republican activist and recurring talk-show guest
  • Lou Anders, writer
  • Jay Barker, former NFL player
  • Sara Evans, country music singer
  • Doug Jones, former U.S. senator from Alabama
  • Luther Strange, former U.S. senator from Alabama
  • Kate Jackson, Hollywood actress; star of Charlie's Angels as well as Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  • Don Logan former CEO of Time Warner Inc
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