Birmingham, AL 35242 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 35242: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Birmingham, AL 35242

Acceptable Alternative
Meadowbrook, AL 35242
Shoal Creek, AL 35242
Vestavia, AL 35242
Vestavia Hills, AL 35242
Vestavia Hls, AL 35242

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 1,389
  • Single Family Addresses: 16,870
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 6,145
  • County: Shelby County
  • Centroid: Latitude 33.404, Longitude -86.712
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 35242 has segments in 2 Counties (Jefferson, Shelby).

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Birmingham, AL 35242 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 55,038
Population in Households 54,880
Population in Familes 45,722
Population in Group Qrtrs 158
Population Density1 931
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 21,939
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 14,826
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,003 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,807 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,132 (29.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,064 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $346,463
Average Home Value $408,845


Median Household Income $96,292
Average Household Income $126,334
Per Capita Income $50,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.66% 1.51%
Households 1.51% 1.44%
Families 1.3% 1.3%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   1.46%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Birmingham, AL 35242 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 35242 to the other 616 ZIP Codes in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 68 89th
Diversity Index2 # 329 47th
Median Household Income # 6 99th
Per Capita Income # 4 100th

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