Hoover, Alabama, is the largest suburb of Birmingham. Hoover straddles Jefferson and Shelby Counties in north central Alabama. The city incorporated in 1968 with a population of 410 people. Today, according to the United States Census Bureau 2010 population count, Hoover has more than 81,000 residents. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Hoover's growth results from its planned communities and well laid out neighborhoods. Other factors include a highly educated workforce and easy commute to Birmingham. One of the nation's largest mixed-use centers, The Riverchase Galleria, is in Hoover. This development has 2.4 million square feet or retail floor space. The shopping complex is one of the largest in the Southeast. In addition to a shopping mall, Riverchase Galleria has space for offices and hotels. If you're looking for a new place to settle down, Hoover is a good place in the Birmingham area to start.
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Housing StatisticsHoover is a wealthy city; only 6.4 percent of its residents fall below the poverty line, compared to the national average of 17.6 percent. In 2005, seventy percent of the population was homeowners. There are 27,046 homes in Hoover. The median value of a home that is owner occupied is $178,600. Occupied homes number 25,147. Of these, 16,666 are owner occupied and 8,481 are rental units. The average median rent in Hoover is $712.
Hoover NightlifeBirmingham is only a fifteen-minute drive from Hoover. As a larger city, there are more choices for fun things to do at night, so most residents of Hoover looking for nightclubs tend to make the trip. Dave's Pub is a comfortable old brick building in town with an outdoor patio that is alive and jumping during nice weather. Locals flock here to hang out in a neighborly bar with a friendly ambiance, Couples that want to enjoy a night of dancing take the short drive to Nana Funks to hear great DJs play the tunes they love. The crowd here is full of twenty-somethings. A favorite for Hoover residents is Birmingham's oldest martini bar, the Blue Monkey. Always ranked number 1 in annual the reader's poll by Black and White, the bar is in the heart of Birmingham's historic Southside district. In addition to the best martini for miles around, an eclectic food menu and amazing choice of cigars offer great options for everyone.
Hoover Largest Employers and IndustriesThe healthcare industry, education, and finance are the three top industries in Hoover. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has its headquarters in Hoover and has more than 3,000 employees. The next largest employer is the Hoover Board of Education with 1,773 workers. Regions Financial holds third place with 1,765 people staffing their Hoover operations center. Other large employers are AT&T Inc., the City of Hoover, Walmart and BE&K Engineering.
Hoover NeighborhoodsHoover is a great city that is continuing to grow. Here are some neighborhoods you should know about:
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