Pelham is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in July 1964. At the 2000 census the population was 14,369, but has grown to 21,352 recorded by the 2010 census. It was named for Confederate American Civil War officer John Pelham. Pelham is located at 33°18′16″N 86°47′5″W (33.304581, -86.784620).According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.3 square miles (99 km2), 38.0 square miles (98 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.89%) is water. Oak Mountain State Park,
Alabama’s largest state park, is located in Pelham. The city is located along U.S. Route 31, which runs directly through the city, as well as I-65, with access from exits 242 and 246. The median household income was $54,808 and the median family income was $79,794. Males had a median income of $42,659 versus $32,382 for females.
The City of Pelham operates under the Mayor/Council Act. The Mayor serves as the city’s chief executive and the City Council act much like a board of directors. The city also has a chief of police, fire chief, finance director / city clerk, building inspector, permits clerk, revenue director, director of golf, parks manager, waterworks superintendent, librarian, and departments thereof.
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