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Welcome to Pelham ...

The city of Pelham is located in Shelby County<1>.

The location of Pelham has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Pelham refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Pelhamite<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Pelham has a population of 23,924 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Pelham.

Pelham is 890 feet [271 m] above sea level.<5>.

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

The area code for Pelham: (205)

The ZIP codes for Pelham: 35124-35125<6>

Websites for Pelham ...

Official Website: www.pelhamonline.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Pelham had an population of 23,924 people. This is an increase of 12.05% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 66.5% since the 2000 Census).

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 (which had a count of 14,369 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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.

Communities near Pelham ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Pelham.

  • Birmingham (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birmingham
    • Birmingham lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the north of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 206,950 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birmingham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Birmingham<8>
  • Hoover (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoover
    • Hoover lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 85,959 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoover
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hoover<8>
  • Vestavia Hills (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vestavia Hills
    • Vestavia Hills lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the north of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,317 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vestavia Hills
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vestavia Hills<8>
  • Alabaster (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alabaster
    • Alabaster lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the southwest of Pelham and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,701 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alabaster have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alabaster
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alabaster<8>
  • Bessemer (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bessemer
    • Bessemer lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northwest of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,043 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bessemer
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bessemer<8>
  • Homewood (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homewood
    • Homewood lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the north of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,174 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homewood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Homewood<8>
  • Helena (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helena
    • Helena lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the west of Pelham and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,374 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helena have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helena
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Helena<8>
  • Mountain Brook (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Brook
    • Mountain Brook lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the north of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,034 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Brook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Brook
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain Brook<8>
  • Calera (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calera
    • Calera lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the south of Pelham and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,248 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calera
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calera<8>
  • Hueytown (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hueytown
    • Hueytown lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the northwest of Pelham and is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,202 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hueytown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hueytown<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Pelham. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Pelham.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Pelham.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Pelham. See our Newspapers Page for Pelham.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you 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.

Adding Pelham to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Pelham in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Pelham was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Pelham on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Alabama (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Pelham on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Pelham

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

The official website for Pelham: www.pelhamonline.com/

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Shelby, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Pelham.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Pelham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>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.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Pelham. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PelhamOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pelham. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3118, Longitude: -86.7564       In this case, the coordinates for Pelham have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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