Hoover continues population growth according to Census

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - The city slogan is "Hoover's happenin."  And that certainly is the case when it comes to population growth. Census numbers show a big increase with people moving there between 2000 and 2010.

While some Alabama cities like Bessemer and Birmingham saw a decline in population over the last decade, Hoover had folks moving in. According to the 2010 Census, the city saw a 30% jump in new residents.

Courtney Parks and her family moved to Hoover from Fairfield three years ago. She says she was impressed with the school system in Hoover and she says the city is family friendly. Mayor Tony Petelos says shopping and safety are other draws for families looking to relocate.

Petelos wasn't surprised by the population boom, "I knew from looking at our new housing permits year after year. Even in the economic downturn, we still had a substantial amount of housing permits and we are continuing to grow." He added,  "Our challenge is trying to keep up with the road improvements and those issues. We have many road projects in our city today."

Mayor Petelos says Ross Bridge is drawing more families to Hoover as well. It was recently named one of the best communities in the United States.

Hoover's population is now more than 81,600. The growth makes Hoover the 6th most populous city in the state.

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