Counties in Birmingham, Alabama

The Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area is bigger than most people think. There are a lot of people and a lot of counties in Birmingham, Alabama. If you’re moving to Birmingham, you definitely need to do your research on the counties to help you figure out where you want to start looking for houses. 

A lot of things will help you narrow down where you want to live, starting with your  job, then schools, parks and recreation, and even taxes may play a role in which area you choose. 

Here’s a short video that covers information on the counties in Birmingham, Alabama! 

The Birmingham metro area covers over  5,000 square miles and is home to over 1.1 million people! The Magic City has 7 counties: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker County. 

As you can see, the Birmingham area covers a lot of ground, so today we’re going to cover the two counties in the Birmingham metro area with the highest population: Jefferson County and Shelby County.

These two counties not only neighbor one another, but do tend to overlap in some cities. Let’s take a look:

Jefferson County

Jefferson County covers over 1,000 square miles and is the most populous county in Alabama with a population of over 650,000!

There are twenty-seven cities inside of Jefferson County: Jefferson: Adamsville, Bessemer, Birmingham, Brighton, Center Point, Clay, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Kimberly, Leeds, Lipscomb, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Sumiton, Tarrant, Trussville, Vestavia Hills, and Warrior. [source]

Jefferson County is home to over 50 schools K-12. Read more about the schools in Jefferson County on this site:

Jefferson County has an average tax rate of 0.645%. For more information on the taxes in Jefferson County, please see this site.

According to link the median listing price in Jefferson County is $169,900  and the median sold price is $182,000.

Jefferson County has a lot of family friendly activities. Here are a few places you can enjoy together:

McWane Science Center

3117, 200 19th St N

Birmingham, AL 35203

The McWane center is the perfect interactive day trip for kids! Visit their website at:

Vulcan Park and Museum

1701 Valley View Dr

Birmingham, AL 35209

Get a birds eye view of downtown Birmingham and learn more about its history at Vulcan Park! Learn more on their website:

Birmingham Zoo

2630 Cahaba Rd

Birmingham, AL 35223

The Birmingham Zoo has a large variety of animals, a train ride, splash pad, and more! The Zoo also hosts many events that are family friendly. Find out what animals are at the zoo on their website:

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Rd

Birmingham, AL 35223

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a perfect city get away! Admission is free and there are several events that are hosted at the Gardens. For hours and more information, please visit their site:

With downtown Birmingham being part of Jefferson County, there’s no lack of things to do in the area. Check out a full list of activities on Yelp’s webpage here. 

Check out this article to learn about some of the best restaurants in the Birmingham area: read now

Learn more about Jefferson County on their website:

Shelby County

Shelby County covers over 800 square miles and has a population over 213,000. There are twelve cities in Shelby County: Alabaster, Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana, Harpersville, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Pelham, Vincent, Westover, Wilsonville, and Wilton. [source]

There are over 50 schools, K-12, in Shelby County. Learn more about schools in Shelby County here: or read our blog about the Schools in Shelby County here.

According to, the median listing price in Shelby County is $235,000 and the median sold price is $198,900. 

The average tax rate for Shelby County is 0.509%. Check out the site here.

Shelby County is home to some award winning cities, like Pelham and Helena. Check out the awards in the link below:

City of Pelham once again named by MONEY as “Best Place to Live in Alabama 2018”:

Helena award: “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2019”:

There are plenty of things to do and see in Shelby County! Here are just a few family friendly ideas to get you started: 

Oak Mountain State Park

200 Terrace Dr

Pelham, AL 35124

There are lots of things to do at Oak Mountain State Park! From swimming to hiking, biking to horseback riding, you can spend a full day. You can even camp overnight! Oak Mountain also has its own golf course. See their website for all the activities:

Cahaba River Park

2793 River Road

Helena, AL 35080

The Cahaba River is known for its tubing and kayaking. Now there’s a new park with hiking and biking trails for visitors! Learn more on their website:

Treetop Family Adventure

1012 Dunnavant Valley Rd

Birmingham, AL 35242

Have fun at this attraction with go karts, laser tag, or even miniature golf! Visit their website for more information:

For more information on the Shelby County area and tourism attractions, please see these websites:

Tourism for Shelby County:

Have Questions About the Birmingham Area?

So there you have it! Hope this overview of Jefferson and Shelby County shed some light on what you’re looking for in your next area. Learn more about relocating to Birmingham AL in this post.

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