McDonald Chapel

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McDonald Chapel is a small unincorporated community and census-designated place of 1,054 people located between Birmingport Road and New Mulga Loop Road south of Minor, east of Edgewater, and northwest of Wylam in western Jefferson County. It is traversed by Camp Branch, upstream of Bayview Lake and adjoins the campus of the Faith Chapel Christian Center to the southeast.

Large portions of McDonald Chapel were damaged in the 1956 Birmingham tornado and 1998 Oak Grove tornado. The community is represented in the Alabama Senate as part of Alabama Senate District 19.

The McDonald Chapel Cemetery was established in the late 1800's.


As of the 2000 census, there were 1,054 people, 397 households, and 289 families residing in the McDonald Chapel CDP. The population density was 972 people per square mile. There were 448 housing units at an average density of 413/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 67% white and 30% African-American.

There were 397 households out of which 25% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51% were married couples living together, 15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27% were non-families. 24% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23% under the age of 18, 8% from 18 to 24, 28% from 25 to 44, 24% from 45 to 64, and 18% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,188, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $30,238 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,411. About 7% of families and 10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.