Alabaster, Alabama

Alabaster, Alabama

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Alabaster, Alabama
settlement_type = City

imagesize =
image_caption = Buck Creek in Alabaster, Alabama

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map_caption = Location in Shelby County and the state of Alabama

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = Alabama
subdivision_name2 = Shelby
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = David Frings
establishment = 23/02/1953
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 53.1
area_total_sq_mi = 20.6
area_land_km2 = 53
area_land_sq_mi = 20.5
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
elevation_ft = 502
elevation_m = 153
population_as_of =2007
population_footnotes =cite web|url=|title=Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alabama|publisher=United States Census Bureau|date=2008-07-10|accessdate=2008-07-14]
population_total =28694
population_metro =
population_density_km2 = 426
population_density_sq_mi = 1098
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
latd = 33 |latm = 13 |lats = 52 |latNS = N
longd = 86 |longm = 49 |longs = 25 |longEW = W
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 35007, 35144
area_code = 205
GNIS_id = 112965
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 01-00820
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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.cite web | date = June 21, 2006 | url = | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Alabama|format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division | accessmonthday=9 November | accessyear = 2006]


Alabaster is located at coor dms|33|13|52|N|86|49|26|W|city (33.231162, -86.823829)GR|1.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.5 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.


Shelby County, the geographic center of the state of Alabama, was created 7 Feb 1818 by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly, before Alabama became statehood on 14 Dec 1819. The county was named for Isaac Shelby, a hero of the King's Mountain Battle during the Revolutionary War. Many of the first settlers came from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky; and returned to this region after the victorious 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. George L. Scott, Sr., an Alabaster pioneer, owned and operated Alabaster Lime Co. His shipping point, named for him, was known as “Scott Rock”. Later, housing was built to accommodate some of the employees, and the community acquired its name Alabaster from the "white calcium carbonate mineral". The First Bank of Alabaster opened in 1952, and its president was George L. Scott, Jr., who later became the first mayor of Alabaster. The first attempt in 1952 to incorporate Alabaster failed. In January 1953, the petition was again filed, and on 23 Feb 1953, Alabaster was officially incorporated with a favorable vote of 79 to 23, and 427 residing inhabitants. Other Alabaster pioneers were Kenton B. Nickerson and William J. Maxwell. In 1955, the Alabaster Water and Gas Board was formed.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 22,619 people, 8,164 households, and 6,482 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,104.8 people per square mile (426.6/km²). There were 8,594 housing units at an average density of 419.8/sq mi (162.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.71% White, 9.95% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,164 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 37.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $58,379, and the median income for a family was $63,685. Males had a median income of $41,690 versus $31,901 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,466. About 4.8% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.


1. [ Creekview Elementary School]

2. [ Meadowview Elementary School]

3. [ Thompson Intermediate School]

4. [ Thompson Middle School]

5. [ Thompson High School]

6. [ Linda Nolen Learning Center]

7. [ Kingwood Christian School]

Veterans Skate Park

On April 1st, 2006, [ Veterans Skate Park] was opened to skateboarders from across the nation. Veterans Skate Park, a joint effort between RideSkateboards and the City of Alabaster, is a newly-constructed concrete skate park specifically designed with the skateboarder enthusiast in mind. As one of few such facilities in the south, the park has drawn considerable praise from skateboarders throughout the nation.

Federal Lawsuits Against Alabaster in violation of the Constitution

In 2004 Attorney Donna Beaulieu filed a federal suit against Alabaster for violating her 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. Mrs. Beaulieu ran for circuit judge in 2004. The City would not allow Mrs. Beaulieu to place a campaign sign on her own office building and threatened her with arrest if she did not remove the one she had placed. The City was found to have violated her 1st Amendment rights by the Federal District Court. The City appealed the Federal District Court ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, where they once again lost. Alabaster then appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, where they were denied Cert. Beaulieu's case is now binding case law in the 11th Circuit.

In 2003 attorney Jim Pino filed suit against the City of Alabaster on behalf of his clients. The lawsuit was initiated to stop Alabaster "from taking action against the plaintiffs' property including taking the property by eminent domain, citing first and foremost, the U.S. Constitution's 5th Amendment right to property."

Celebrities from this city

An ESPN "Outside The Lines" documentary on the use of Androstenedione in sports at all levels was partially filmed in Alabaster. The piece filmed in the city focused on two football players from Thompson High School and their use of the performance enhancing drug.

Also of note is the film "Rustin" released in 2001 directed by Rick Johnson starring Meat Loaf and Zachery Ty Bryan (of the T.V show 'Home Improvement') was partially filmed in Alabaster. All of the football scenes were filmed at Thompson High School with several locals cast as extras. Local radio personalities Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey from the Rick and Bubba Show also made it into the film as extras.


4. Bobby Joe Seales(2007). [ History of Shelby County] . ALGenWeb: Shelby County. Retrieved on 2008-05-21.

External links

* [ City of Alabaster]

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