Thursday, August 15, 2013

Alabaster, Alabama

Alabaster, Alabama
—  City  —
Alabaster in 2012
Location in Shelby County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°13′52″N 86°49′25″W
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
 • Mayor Marty Handlon
 • Total 20.6 sq mi (53.1 km2)
 • Land 20.5 sq mi (53 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 502 ft (153 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,352
 • Density 1,098/sq mi (426/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35007, 35114
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-00820
Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 30,352. According to the 2011 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 30,799. Alabaster is still a growing population. Alabaster was ranked number 85 on Money Magazine's 100 Best Places To Live in 2009.


Alabaster is located at 33°13′52″N 86°49′26″W (33.231162, −86.823829).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53 km2), of which, 20.5 square miles (53 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.24%) is water.


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 February 23, 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.


The government consists of mayor who is elected at large and a seven member city council. One member is elected from each of the seven wards.


On July 1, 2013, the Alabaster City Schools System officially separated from the Shelby County Schools system, and will operate the public schools in the city. Private school K-12 education is also available.
  • Creek View Elementary School
  • Meadow View Elementary School
  • Thompson Intermediate School
  • Thompson Sixth Grade Center
  • Thompson Middle School
  • Thompson High School
  • Kingwood Christian School
  • Evangel Christian School

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