Kimberly

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City of Kimberly
Incorporated 1951
Population 2,711
Mayor Bob Ellerbrock
School district Jefferson County Schools
Government

Kimberly City Council
Kimberly Fire Department
Kimberly Police Department

Web site kimberlyal.org
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Kimberly (incorporated in 1951) is a city of 2,711 located on 5.85 square miles along U.S. Highway 31 in northern Jefferson County between Warrior and Morris, 17 miles north of Birmingham.

Interstate 65 runs west of Kimberly and while there is no direct access to it within the city, exits 280 to the north and 275 to the south both list it. Before this final segment of I-65 was completed in 1985, travelers heading south were forced to exit the interstate at exit 280 and travel on Highway 31 through Kimberly on their way to Birmingham.

The town is currently home to four churches: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly United Methodist Church, and North Creek Community Church.

Kimberly's ZIP code is 35091. The primary telephone exchanges in Kimberly, which is in the 205 area code, are 590 and 647.

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[edit] History

The community was originally little more than a stage coach station and tavern on Bear Creek Cabin Road called Kennelsville. The station, opened by Jack Gill, was operated by the Davenport family until 1865, when Stouts Road was completed.

The community later took the name Jefferson after the Jefferson coal seam which was mined from there in the 1880s. The Jefferson Mine, a vertical shaft mine, was closed in 1888 and the Jefferson Post Office moved to nearby Kinderville. Residents of Jefferson successfully lobbied to restore post service in 1901. Because a Marengo County community had taken the name Jefferson, a new name was needed. Milton Doss suggested "Kimberly" as a reference to the diamond mining district of South Africa.

Up until 2010, Kimberly's population was under the 2,000-person threshold required to make it a city under Alabama state law (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 11-40-6). The 2010 census measured the municipality's population at 2,711 people, up from 1,801 in 2000. Therefore, beginning June 29, 2011, the town began operating as a city.

[edit] Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,711 residing in the town's 1,002 housing units, for an average household of 2.7 persons. The population density was 463.3/mi², with housing units at an average density of 171.2/mi². The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% White and 1.81% African American. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, there were 652 households, of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,343, and the median income for a family was $52,109. Males had a median income of $36,977 versus $29,150 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,055. About 6.7% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

The Jefferson County Board of Equalization evaluated 783 homes in Kimberly and determined that their average market value for 2007 was $143,637, a 6.9% increase since 2006.

[edit] Historical population

Year Pop. Change
2000 1,801
2010 2,711 50.5%

[edit] Government

The Mayor of Kimberly is Bob Ellerbrock, who assumed office after Craig Harris moved out of the city in July 2012. The city council meets at Kimberly City Hall on Stouts Road. The city of Kimberly has only seven full-time employees, including four police officers. The chief of police is James Belding. The city has 16 other part-time employees.

[edit] Education

Kimberly students attend Jefferson County Schools: John E. Bryan Elementary School, North Jefferson County Middle School, and Mortimer Jordan High School, the latter two being in Kimberly.

[edit] References

  • Foscue, Virginia O. (1989) Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 081730410X
  • Kimberly, Alabama. (n.d.) [1] City-data.com. Accessed January 16, 2007
  • Kimberly, Alabama. (April 3, 2012). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed April 6, 2012.

[edit] External links

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