Pelham, Alabama

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Pelham is a city and suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 14,369, but has grown to 20,120 according to the latest Census estimate in 2006. It was named for famed American Civil War officer John Pelham. An F2 tornado damaged business buildings here along with Indian Springs, Helena, and Inverness on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994.



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)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.3 square miles (99.3 km²), of which, 38.0 square miles (98.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.

Oak Mountain State Park, the largest state park of Alabama, is located in Pelham.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 14,369 people, 5,637 households, and 4,002 families residing in the city. The population density was 378.2 people per square mile (146.0/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 155.1/sq mi (59.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.02% White, 3.97% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 2.82% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 6.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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