Jefferson County Alabama
Jefferson County Alabama is located in the north-central part of Alabama and is the most populous county in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 658,466. The county seat is Birmingham, the most populous city in the state.
Jefferson County was established on December 13, 1819, by the Alabama Legislature. It was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson. The county is located in the north-central portion of the state, on the southmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains, in the center of the (former) iron, coal, and limestone mining belt of the Southern United States.
Jefferson County Alabama Cities:
Adamsville is a city in western Jefferson County. It is north from the Birmingham suburb of Pleasant Grove. It initially incorporated in 1901 (although the 1910 U.S. Census stated 1900), but disincorporated in 1915. It later reincorporated in 1953.
Founded in 1887, Bessemer is located in southwestern Jefferson County. The Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area where our city is located is home to over 1 million people. With about 27,000 residents Bessemer is a city with a rich history and great prospects for the future.
Brighton is a city near Birmingham, Alabama, and located just east of Hueytown. At the 2010 census the population was 2,945.
In 2015, after the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published its study Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, the city of Brighton resolved to place a historical marker to commemorate Miller for his work with the union and as a victim of lynching. They worked in cooperation with EJI and placed the marker in a ceremony near City Hall. Brighton was the first city in Alabama to install such a memorial.
Center Point Alabama
Center Point is a city and a former census-designated place (CDP) in northeastern Jefferson County. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area.
Clay is a city in northeastern Jefferson County. It is part of the Birmingham–Hoover–Cullman Combined Statistical Area in the north-central part of the state.
Fairfield is a city in western Jefferson County. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area and is located southeast of Pleasant Grove. The population was 11,117 at the 2010 census.
Fulton was a mining town in the 1900s. Fulton was incorporated in 1947. The town’s name is derived from the combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale.
This area was once known as Fulton Springs. Prior to the building of Interstate 65, US 31 was the main route for travelers northbound from Birmingham towards Nashville, Tennessee.
The early settlers of this area, most of them veterans of the War of 1812, recognized the beautiful woodlands as a productive area. Otis Dyer first homesteaded 80 acres in 1825. By the outbreak of the Civil War, a dozen families had claimed land — buying most of it from the government for twelve-and-a-half cents an acre.
After the Civil War, when the surrounding coal mines opened in the 1870s, Gardendale’s population doubled almost overnight. A grist mill was opened in 1873, built by Union soldier William H. Parker. A cooperative community canning plant for fruits and vegetables and a general store, opened by James Kimmons, soon followed.
In the latter 1800s and early 1900s, the city of Graysville was called Gin Town. Because Graysville had the only cotton gin for miles around, the town and community grew. As the community grew, the need for businesses and houses of worship grew as well. One street over from this site, the Union Church was established in the early 1900s. All people of all denominations met and worshiped there as it was the only church for miles around. The City of Graysville was incorporated November 17, 1945. The first meeting of the town council took place at the old school house on January 16, 1946. Later that year, the original city council established the Graysville Water Works system. In 1949, the city council established the Graysville Gas Board which eventually became the Graysville Municipal Gas System.
Helena is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793.
Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week ranked the city as the 13th “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine’s 2007 list of “Best Places to Live: Top 100” in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award (population 10,001 to 20,000).
Helena initially incorporated in 1877, but reincorporated in 1917 after errors were discovered in the initial incorporation papers. Its population was not recorded separately in the U.S. Census until 1920, reflecting the later date of incorporation.
Irondale is a city in Jefferson County. It is a suburb of Birmingham, northeast of Homewood and Mountain Brook. At the 2010 census the population was 12,349.
Kimberly is a city in Jefferson County. At the 2010 census the population was 2,711. The city of Kimberly developed around a stagecoach station built in the 1830s; it remained in service until 1865. At this time, the settlement was known as Kennelsville. The city then became known as Jefferson, probably after the nearby Old Jefferson coal mine, until the late 1880s. In 1888, the town’s post office was relocated to nearby Morris. In 1905, the town voted to change its name to Kimberly because another Alabama town had already claimed the name Jefferson. Kimberly is on our list of the best small towns in Alabama.
Mountain Brook Alabama
Pleasant Grove Alabama
Vestavia Hills Alabama
Jefferson County Alabama Towns:
Brookside is a former mining town, predominantly settled by Eastern European immigrants, located in north-central Jefferson County. Brookside was incorporated in 1898. The descriptive name Brookside stems from the Five-Mile creek that flows through the town.
The 1920 Alabama coal strike, combined with a global depreciation in the coal market, led to a shutdown of the mine. When the strike was settled in 1921, Brookside mine was never re-opened.
As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 1,363. At the 2000 census, there were 1,393 people, 546 households, and 393 families living in the town. The population density was 232.8 people per square mile (89.9/km2). There were 613 housing units at an average density of 102.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 90.52% White, 8.69% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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North Johns Alabama
Sylvan Springs Alabama
West Jefferson Alabama
Jefferson County Alabama Communities:
Grayson Valley Alabama
McDonal Chapel Alabama
Mount Olive Alabama
Mount Olive, also spelled Mt. Olive is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County. Its location is in the suburbs of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, the population of the community is 4,079. 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.
Digital Alabama has identified Mount Olive as one of the Best Small Towns in Alabama.
Rock Creek Alabama