Mount Olive, Alabama

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Mount Olive, also spelled Mt. Olive is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Jefferson County, Alabama in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. As of the 2000 census, the population of the community is 3,957. Mount Olive is bordered on the south and the east by the town of Gardendale, and in fact, some areas that had previously been in Mount Olive have been annexed into Gardendale over the years. Running along part of the border between Mt. Olive and Gardendale is the major expressway, Interstate 65. Eventually, part of Birmingham's Northern Beltline will cut through northwestern sections of Mt. Olive. Mt. Olive has its own elementary school and was formerly the home of a junior high school. Beyond elementary school, most of its students go on to Bragg Middle School and eventually Gardendale High School. A new $50-million Gardendale High School is expected to be completed within a year or two.


Mount Olive is located at 33°41′3″N 86°52′31″W / 33.68417°N 86.87528°W / 33.68417; -86.87528 (33.684191, -86.875139)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 9.5 square miles (24.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,957 people, 1,499 households, and 1,221 families residing in the community. The population density was 417.6 people per square mile (161.2/km²). There were 1,553 housing units at an average density of 163.9/sq mi (63.3/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 98.10% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,499 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the community the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $48,291, and the median income for a family was $52,425. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $27,021 for females. The per capita income for the community was $21,311. About 4.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

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