Hueytown

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City of Hueytown
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Incorporated 1960
Population 15,561
Mayor Delor Baumann
School district Jefferson County Schools
Government

Hueytown City Council
Hueytown Fire Department
Hueytown Police Department

Web site hueytown.org
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Hueytown (incorporated in 1960) is a city of 15,561 located on 19.7 square miles west of Birmingham and north of Bessemer in Jefferson County. The area that is now Hueytown was part of Mortimer Jordan's plantation. Twin brothers, Jesse and Samuel Huey bought approximately 1,200 acres from the Jordan estate in the late 1860s. Hueytown's post office was established in 1873 at Samuel's request and named "Huey's".

Hueytown High School opened in 1921. The city was incorporated on April 29, 1960. Residents organized to incorporate in response to plans by Bessemer mayor Jess Lanier to annex the community into his city. The current Mayor is Delor Baumann.

Hueytown was the home of the legendary NASCAR Alabama Gang of stock car drivers. The city's main thoroughfare, Allison-Bonnett Memorial Drive, takes its name from drivers Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison, Clifford Allison and Neil Bonnett.

The city is also home of the unexplained "Hueytown Hum," a mysterious noise once believed to be related to an underground coal mine in the area.

Hueytown's public schools are part of the Jefferson County School System. Schools serving the city include Hueytown High School, Pittman Middle School, Hueytown Elementary School and North Highlands Elementary School. Two private religious schools, Garywood Christian School and Brooklane Baptist Academy, are located in Hueytown.

Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,105 people residing in the city's 6,998 housing units. The population density was 817.5/mi², with housing units at an average density of 355.2/mi². The racial makeup of the city was 70.0% White and 27.3% African-American. 2.0% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, there were 6,155 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,225, and the median income for a family was $49,380. Males had a median income of $36,087 versus $26,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,735. About 5.3% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

The Jefferson County Board of Equalization evaluated 5,985 homes in Hueytown and determined that their average market value for 2007 was $108,606, a 2.7% increase since 2006.

Culture

Churches often play a supportive role in this community. In recent years several have experienced dramatic changes. Although Garywood Assembly of God may be one of metro Birmingham's best-known churches, conducting many large-scale dramatic performances, camp meetings and revivals over the past quarter-century, it announced in 2004 it will move its facilities to nearby McCalla. However, explosive growth has caused necessary expansion to Union Hill Baptist Church in the Rock Creek area, and North Highlands Baptist Church which is moving into a new facility off 15th Street Road near the Virginia Mines subdivision.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, located in the heart of Hueytown, has played a historic role in the life of the community. The church's chimes can be heard throughout the central district, hearkening back to the traditions of small town life. Missions such as the Jesus Pantry help feed those who are hungry, while the Master's Craftsmen have built churches all over America.

Recently Hueytown has undergone major economic growth with the opening of a new shopping center anchored by a Publix Super Market, which opened on April 26, 2006. A Cingular store, Chic nails, and Xpress Ship is also in this strip mall.

References

  • Smith, Simon J. (1962) "Hueytown, Alabama" (PDF). Bessemer Advertiser. Vol. 74, No. 11
  • Roberts, Mary K. (December 1990) "The History of Hueytown" (PDF) Hueytown Historical Society. - accessed February 7, 2007
  • "Hueytown, Alabama". Wikipedia - accessed October 17, 2006
  • Roberts, Mary K. (2010) The Pictorial History of Hueytown. Mount Pleasant, North Carolina: Acadia Publishing

External links

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