Minor, Alabama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Minor, Alabama
CDP
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Alabama
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°32′22″N 86°56′23″W / 33.53944°N 86.93972°W / 33.53944; -86.93972
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,094
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (610/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-49072
GNIS feature ID 0122875

Minor is a census-designated place in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is north from the Birmingham suburb of Pleasant Grove. At the 2010 census the population was 1,094.[1] This area was damaged by an F5 tornado on April 8, 1998 including the non-denominational Open Door Church.

Geography[edit]

Minor is located at 33°32′23″N 86°56′24″W / 33.53972°N 86.94000°W / 33.53972; -86.94000 (33.539656, -86.940000).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,116 people, 456 households, and 340 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,607.3 people per square mile (624.5/km²). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 678.3 per square mile (263.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.67% White, 0.90% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 456 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,710, and the median income for a family was $38,250. Males had a median income of $28,295 versus $24,042 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,690. About 2.0% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

In 1922, a new high school was opened in 1922 and was named after a recently retired Jefferson County school superintendent, John W. Minor. The land for the school property was donated by the Young family. The location was at the center of the different coal mine communities (Bayview, Brookside, Docena, Edgewater and Mulga) and other communities and later communities (Adamsville, Alden, Crumly Chapel, Forestdale, Graysville Hillview, Maytown, McDonald Chapel, Mineral Springs, Republic, Sandusky and Sylvan Springs)thus making it a great location for a high school. It served as the high school through May 1997 when a new high school was built and classes began in the fall of 1997.

Businesses: Over the years a few businesses were established: Minor Grocery (owner Grace Houk), Powell/Motley Grocery, Top Hat Inn (a night club), Donaldson Filling Station, Minor Ice Cream Bar (started by the Blevins family and later operated by Tommy and Jones Pender, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and others), Anthony/Gardner/Lucas Bus Lines, Stowe Florist, Reach's Hair Salon, Pit Stop.

Churches: Minor First Baptist, Minor Methodist, Westmont Baptist, Minor church of Christ, Open Door.

Notables[edit]

MIKE BLEVINS - World War 2 fighter pilot stationed in the South Pacific. His squadron never lost a plane and received numerous Presidential citations.

WILLIAM "JUNIOR" DAVIS, JR. - 2-year Alabama High School all-state football player. Played under Paul W. "Bear" Bryant at the university of Alabama. Drafted by Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.

JAMES E. "OBIE" EVANS - Evans founded Dixie Girls Softball in Minor in 1968, incorporated as Dixie Softball, Inc. in 1975. National president (1978 - present). First and only inductee into Dixie Softball Hall of Fame's inaugural class (1993).

MIKE JACKSON - Professional wrestler and promoter of Southern wrestling under the names "Mike Garcia" & "Action Jackson".

W. C. PETTY - First principal of Minor High School (1922-1958).

DON RANKIN - World renowned watercolor artist.

JESSE YOUNG - World War 2 German prisoner-of-war.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 33°32′23″N 86°56′24″W / 33.539656°N 86.94°W / 33.539656; -86.94