Vestavia Hills, Alabama
|Jefferson County and the state of Alabama|
|• Mayor||Alberto Zaragoza|
|• Total||19.41 sq mi (37.9 km2)|
|• Land||14.6 sq mi (37.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||951 ft (290 m)|
|• Density||2,331/sq mi (897.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||35216, 35226, 35243, 35242|
|GNIS feature ID||0153841|
Vestavia Hills is named for the 20-acre (8.1 ha) estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward. It was situated on the crest of Shades Mountain in what is now the northern edge of the city. Ward's mansion at the Vestavia estate became a landmark in the area as soon as it was completed in 1925. The 2 1⁄2-story house was patterned after the circular Temple of Vesta in Rome, with dark pink sandstone walls encircled by twenty massive white Doric columns surmounted by a carved entablature. The extensive gardens, populated by statuary and peacocks, surrounded a smaller domed gazebo patterned after the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli.
After Ward's death, the house, something of a tourist stop near the highway between Birmingham and Montgomery, was used as a tearoom and reception hall before being purchased by Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. The church met in the temple like structure for several years before demolishing a portion of the building in 1971 to make way for a larger building; a central portion of the original building remains. The local garden club moved the gazebo to a prominent outcropping closer to the highway, there to serve as a landmark gateway into the community.
The development of Vestavia Hills as a residential suburb began in 1946, when developer Charles Byrd planned a subdivision for approximately a thousand persons on the southern flank of Shades Mountain. The suburb was incorporated as a separate city on November 8, 1950, and has since grown, by rapid development and annexation, into a thriving small city. In 2006, the Census Bureau estimated the population of Vestavia Hills to be 31,051.
Vestavia Hills is located at  The Vestavia Hills Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code is 78552.(33.433057, -86.778894).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.41 square miles (50.3 km2), of which 19.40 square miles (50.2 km2) is land and 0.07%, water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 34,033 people, in 13,388 households residing in the city. The population density was 1,753.5 people per square mile. There were 14,952 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 90.4% White, 3.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 1.0% from two or more races. 2.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 14,952 housing units and 13,388 households, with a home ownership rate of 76.8%. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03. The Median value of owner-occupied housing units was $318,200. The median household income was $87,154 with 4.0% of the population below the poverty line. The per capita income for the city was $50,017.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. 52.4% of the population is female.
The high quality of the school system in Vestavia Hills has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and other sources. It comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools, one alternative school and one high school, with a total enrollment of some 6,000 students. Vestavia Hills High School is known for the success of its math and debate teams, which have each won several national competitions. The schools' band and baseball programs have also received much recognition. The 2008/2009 boys' basketball team won the Alabama state championship in division 6A. Vestavia opened its 8th school in August 2008, Liberty Park Middle School.
In Fall 2006, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education moved to petition the federal government to end the required desegregation busing of predominantly black students from the Shannon/Oxmoor Valley area due to overcrowding. The Unitary Status court settlement was federally approved in July 2007. Any students currently enrolled at any Vestavia Hills' school will be allowed to continue in the system until graduation.
- Spencer Bachus - Congressman from Alabama's 6th congressional district
- Pat Du Pre - Former top 20 professional tennis player; collegiate star at Stanford
- Chris Hammond - Major League Baseball Pitcher (Reds, Marlins, Braves, Yankees, A's, Padres)
- Eli Gold - Nationally known Sportscaster
- Rebecca Moore, Miss Alabama USA
- Michael Papajohn - Hollywood Actor, Producer & Stuntman
- Richard Scrushy - founder and former CEO of the physical rehabilitation healthcare giant HealthSouth
- Don Siegelman - Former Governor of Alabama (D)
- Jabo Waggoner - Alabama State Senator, Senate Minority Leader (R)
- George B. Ward - former Mayor of Birmingham
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- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 10, 2013.
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