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Pelham, Alabama
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Welcome to Pelham ...

The city of Pelham is located in Shelby County.

When the people of Pelham refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Pelhamite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Pelham has a population of 23,493 people<2> (see below for details).

Pelham is 890 feet [271 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Pelham lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Pelham is within the (205) area code.

The ZIP codes for Pelham: 35124-35125<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Pelham had a population of 21,352 people (which is 10.94% of the total population of Shelby County). This makes Pelham the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Pelham represents 0.45% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 21,352 people, the population of Pelham increased 48.6% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 14,369 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Pelham had an population of 23,493 people. This is an increase of 10.03% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 63.5% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Pelham.

Communities near Pelham ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Pelham and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<5>.

Community   2017
Alabaster   [Map]   33,202   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Bessemer   [Map]   26,386   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
Birmingham   [Map]   210,710   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Calera   [Map]   13,979   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
Helena   [Map]   19,072   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Homewood   [Map]   25,476   N   10 miles [16.1 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Pelham.

Communities Also Named Pelham ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Alabama communities named Pelham: This one is located in Shelby County and the other is located in Choctaw County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 10 communities that are also named Pelham - they are located in Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ontario, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Pelham.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Pelham. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Pelham. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Pelham.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Pelham:

Websites for Pelham ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Pelham ...

Looking for more information about Pelham? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Pelham, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Pelham.

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Pelham refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Pelham may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Pelham.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Pelham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Pelham). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Pelham or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Pelham includes: 35124 & 35125.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Pelham. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pelham) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Pelham. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pelham

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pelham. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3118, Longitude: -86.7564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pelham have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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