Alabaster, Alabama

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Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 22,619. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 27,517. Alabaster is still a growing population.[2] Alabaster was ranked number 85 on Money Magazine's 100 Best Places To Live in 2009.[1]

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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)[3].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53.2 km²), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.

History

Shelby County, the geographic center of the state of Alabama, was created 7 February 1818 by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly. Alabama gained statehood on 14 December 1819. The county was named for Isaac Shelby, a hero of the King's Mountain Battle during the American Revolutionary War.

Many of the first settlers came from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Many came to this region after Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. As indicated in the 1820 census records, Shelby County contained 2,492 people; 2,044 whites and 448 Africans.

Today, it is the fastest growing county in Alabama and among the fastest in the United States. U.S. Highway 31, a two-lane highway at that time, was the main artery from Birmingham to ,Montgomery and played an important part in the growth of the community.

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