Shelby county profile

Shelby County is metropolitan Birmingham’s second most populated county.

With a population of nearly 209,000 and a nearly 7 percent population increase between 2010 and 2015, Shelby County encompasses some of the fastest growing suburban communities in metropolitan Birmingham, like Alabaster, Pelham, Helena, Calera and Chelsea. 

Although 2010 to 2015 educational attainment growth is slightly lower than metropolitan Birmingham, Shelby County has an extremely high percentage of bachelor degree holders - the highest among the seven metropolitan counties. More than 40 percent of Shelby County’s population 25 years or older have a bachelor degree or higher.  Shelby County’s employment has benefited from its exceptional educational attainment attributes. Between 2010 and 2016, employment in Shelby County increased 19 percent, 8 percentage points higher than the U.S. employment growth.


2018 Demographic Summary

  • Population Total - 207,501
  • Households - 78,820
  • Average Household Size - 2.60
  • Median Age - 38.0
  • Average Household Income - $96,530
  • Median Household Income - $70,713
  • Per Capita Income - $36,785

Things to do in Shelby County

Alabama National Cemetery - The new 479-acre national cemetery in the Birmingham area will serve veterans’ needs for at least the next 50 years. The cemetery is located at 3133 Highway 119, 15 miles south of Birmingham, just north of the town of Montevallo and west of Interstate Highway 65.

American Village - American Village is a national treasure, serving as an innovative American history and civics educational center, located in Montevallo, about a half hour south of Birmingham. The mission of American Village Citizenship Trust is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education.

Cahaba River - The Cahaba River is among the longest free-flowing rivers in the Southern United States and is among the nation’s most scenic and biologically diverse rivers. The Cahaba River is a major tributary of the Alabama River and is part of the larger Mobile River Basin. A popular canoeing destination, the river is 191 miles (307 km) long and drains an area of 1,870 square miles (4,800 km2). Feature in the August 2009 issue of the Smithsonian magazine, the Cahaba has more fish species per-mile than any other river in North America and has an abundance of rare and endangered snails, mussels and other aquatic species along with a treasure trove of rare plants growing in and near the river. Birmingham News, July 2009

Eagle Point Golf Club - Located in the heart of the South is an 18-hole, par 71 championship golf facility. A public course with private elegance. Eagle Point is the perfect retreat for every level of golfer. The course features bent grass greens, tree-lined Bermuda fairways, and a rolling terrain that offers a fair challenge to golfers of all skill levels. A combination of true southern character and charm

Greystone golf & Country Club - Greystone Golf & Country Club is a hidden jewel, nestled inside the gates of Greystone that has an unparalleled array of amenities to suit every member of the family with facilities that are unsurpassed. Rooted in 16 years of storied tradition, warm Southern Hospitality is the essence of our culture, and families are at the heart of what we do best.

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama, is located just south of Birmingham in Calera. The museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses.

Lay Lake - Lay Lake is a 12,000-acre reservoir located thirty-five minutes south of Birmingham off I-65 and fifteen miles south of Columbiana in east-central Alabama. Lay Lake borders St. Clair, Talladega, Shelby, Coosa, and Chilton Counties. The primary uses for this reservoir are hydroelectric generation and recreation. Lay Lake is popular for tournament fishing and boating recreation. Seven public access areas offer bank and boat access to the lake.

Morgan Creek Vineyards

Moss Rock Festival - On November 2 & 3, 2013, grab friends and family and get outside to the Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve in Hoover. Explore Nature, Eco-ideas, Art + Design at Alabama’s premier eco-creative festival now in its 8th year. Innovation, imagination, and fun await 15,000 visitors under a blanket of fall colors at this idyllic neighborhood setting adjacent to Hoover’s own 350 acre Moss Rock Preserve. MRF features include 100 exhibiting artists inspired by nature; an eco-district featuring green living ideas, products, services and organizations; live music; a craft beer tasting; temporary installations; a cake design expo & tasting; WonderKid Studios; wreaths re-imagined; hiking, biking, and geocaching; eco:drive exhibitions; Café by the Woods and popular local food trucks, giveaways, and much more. Admission is free! Hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Parking, shuttle, and collections for electronics recycling and secure document destruction will take place at Regions Park. For all the details, please visit MossRockFestival.com or call 205-595-6306. Plus, follow us on Facebook & Twitter all year long for important announcements, special offers, eco posts, and updates!

Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park - Located at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, the 10,000 acre park is Alabama’s largest park provides the region with hiking, camping, mountain biking, golfing, swimming and fishing. The park is home to the Alabama Wildlife Center. Oak Mountain has over 50-miles of trails, but is most noted for the 17-mile Red Trail for mountain bikers.

Ozan Winery - Ozan employs traditional winemaking methods with small lot fermentation of red and white wines along with controlled aging in premium French and American barrels. Everyone gets involved during

Smith Harrison Museum

Shelby County Museum and Archives

Oak Mountain Amphitheater

Oak Mountain Amphitheater

Shoal creek - Having hosted some of the greatest legends ever to play the game, Shoal Creek remains one of the most attractive golf courses in the country.

Verizon Wireless Music Center (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)

Vizzini Farms Winery


Other counties in the region.