Hoover, Alabama

Hoover Business Signs

Hoover is located towards the northern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Alabama.  Prior to incursions by citizens of the United States, this area of the continent had been inhabited by Muscogee-speaking peoples.  In fact, the Chickasaw settled in the region around 1300 A.D.  However, at the dawn of the nineteenth century, the 1805 Treaty with the Chickasaws and the Cherokee Treaty of Washington of 1806 ceded native claims to this area to the United States Government.

The specific area near Hoover, Alabama would not be settled until around the 1850s.  From the 30s until the late 60s, this local area was known as the Green Valley Community.  It wouldn’t be until April 28th, 1967 when Hoover, Alabama was officially incorporated into a city.  Hoover was named after William H. Hoover, a local insurance company owner.

According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hoover, Alabama has a total population of 84,848 people.  This makes it the 387th most populous city in the nation.  Hoover is also part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.  According to that same U.S. Census Bureau estimate, the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 1,145,067 people.  This makes it the 49th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Hoover, Alabama’s most prominent landmark and economic institution is undoubtedly the Riverchase Galleria.  This complex includes shopping, hotel, and office space and is considered one of the largest shopping centers in the southeast and one of the largest mixed-use centers in the U.S.  In fact, the Riverchase Galleria is listed as the 43rd largest shopping mall in the United States.  Opened on February 28th, 1986 by Jim Wilson & Associates, today Riverchase Galleria is anchored by such stores as Belk, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Von Maur.

Hoover, Alabama’s largest employers, however, are the company headquarters for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, which is responsible for 3,000 employees, the Hoover Board of Education, providing 1,773 jobs to the area, the operations center for Regions Financial, which employs 1,765 people, and a data center for AT&T Inc., with 1,143 on staff.

Hoover, Alabama is certainly not just about shopping and business, though.  The Aldridge Botanical Gardens, which takes up 30 acres is located on the former Aldridge estate and prominently features hydrangeas.  The Aldridge Botanical Gardens also includes a five-acre lake complete with walking trails.

As for sports in the area, Hoover, Alabama is home to the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, boasting the second longest golf course in the world at 8,191 yards.  In fact, from 2006 to 2009, Ros Bridge hosted the Regions Charity Classic, which is part of a PGA Champions Tour golf tournament.  Elsewhere in the area is Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.  The Hoover Met, which opened in 1988 as “Regions Park”, currently has a 10,800-seat capacity and hosts the annual SEC Baseball Tournament.  This stadium is also the home of the Hoover High School football team.  It was served as the home of the Birmingham Barons of Baseball’s Southern League.  The Barons, who can trace their history all the way back to 1885, and who are currently a farm team for MLB’s Chicago White Sox, are winners of six Dixie Series titles and 12 League titles.  They were also the team Michael Jordan played on during his brief foray into baseball.

Own a small business in the Hoover, Alabama area?  Are you by any chance thinking about starting up one?  These resources could prove beneficial during such an endeavor:

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Birmingham Business Resource Center (Hoover, Alabama):


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