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Pelham, Alabama
Location of Pelham in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Pelham in Shelby County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
Area
 • Total 39.34 sq mi (101.88 km2)
 • Land 38.83 sq mi (100.57 km2)
 • Water 0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
Elevation
502 ft (153 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 24,318
 • Density 626.24/sq mi (241.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35124
Area code(s) 205, 659
FIPS code 01-58848
GNIS feature ID 0124572
Website http://www.pelhamonline.com/

Pelham is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in July 1964 and is a suburb located in the Birmingham metropolitan area, Alabama which was home to over 1.1 million residents as of the 2020 census. At the 2000 census the population was 14,369, and has grown to 24,318 by the 2020 census, nearly doubling.

Geography

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).

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 931
1980 6,759 626.0%
1990 9,765 44.5%
2000 14,369 47.1%
2010 21,352 48.6%
2020 24,318 13.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 21,352 people, 8,149 households, and 5,764 families living 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.

Of the 8,149 households 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 households were one person and 6.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $67,622 and the median family income 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.

2020 census

Pelham racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 15,982 65.72%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,103 12.76%
Native American 34 0.14%
Asian 594 2.44%
Pacific Islander 17 0.07%
Other/Mixed 939 3.86%
Hispanic or Latino 3,649 15.01%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 24,318 people, 9,074 households, and 6,286 families residing in the city.

Education

Pelham High School
Pelham High School

Pelham City Schools operates public schools and has done so since it was established on July 1, 2014. 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.

Notable people

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