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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C
Pelham is a suburb of Birmingham with a population of 23,242. Pelham is in Shelby County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Pelham offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Pelham there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Pelham and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Pelham are highly rated.
About Pelham...
Population
23,242

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$181,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,064
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Pelham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    164
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,387.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    147.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Pelham

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,107
National
$55,322
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Pelham Reviews

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I moved to Pelham in 2016, right before I went into high school. Immediately, I noticed a great difference in the community. Everyone is incredibly accepting and benevolent, hospitality a treasure in the area. I'm so happy to have lived here for so long!
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Pelham is pretty small. theres limited shopping, but you have your basic need places readily available such as target, walmart, and grocery stores. There are a good bit of fast food restaurants, but not as many sit down places. for better shopping and food it's a quick commute to Hoover or other areas of Birmingham. There is also limited "night life" entertaining; besides a movie theatre and a restaurant like Buffalo Wild Wings that stays open until midnight, theres not really much to do. It's not the most exciting place to live, but if you grew up there it's one of those places where you go somewhere you'll most likely see someone you know.
I have called Pelham home for 21 years now, and I have always loved growing up here. It's a large town with a great community that strives to make our area better everyday. It is situated far enough from Birmingham that you can avoid the hustle-and-bustle of downtown, but it's just a quick 15-20 minute drive on I-65 N if you want to experience the city. Pelham has grown tremendously over the last few years, but it still hasn't lost its small-town charm!