TOP 30 PLACES TO LIVE IN THE U.S.
Among cities with low crime, affordability and a healthy economy, Hoover remains one of the top cities to live in, landing the number 17 spot among the top 30 places to live in the U.S. according to 24/7 Wall Street.
The land in Hoover lies above the Cahaba Coal Fields. The first attempt to mine the coal was made In 1853. The Confederate government's increased need for coal during the Civil War accelerated the development of the coal mines, and the construction of the L & N Railroad at Brocks Gap in the western section of Hoover In 1869, extended the market for coal.
As the population in the area increased, houses for worship and schooling were needed. A one-room log cabin was built in 1854 for Presbyterian worship and school in Rocky Ridge. A Methodist church and a school with adjoining cemetery in the Patton Chapel area were built in1866.
In 1964, the first attempt to incorporate the residential developments of Hoover and Green Valley as the town of Hoover failed. Another petition was filed and accepted. On April 28, 1967, Hoover was officially incorporated with 406 residing inhabitants. By 1989, the boundaries of the city had extended west.
The new area included Bluff Park, the Trace Crossings industrial complex, the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and other residential areas along South Shades Crest Road. Three years later in 1992, the boundaries had extended east to include the commercial and residential areas of Inverness and Greystone.
ACTON/CAHABA RIVER ESTATES
In 1987, Hoover broke away from the Jefferson County school system, creating its own school system, Hoover City Schools, Birmingham's largest school system with 10 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 3 middle schools and 2 high schools. There were approximately 650 seniors who graduated from Hoover HS in 2020, and approximately 400 that graduated form Spain Park HS in 2020. Hoover does have a school bus system, but please call Hoover city schools for a coverage map.
Private schools in and around Hoover include:
Creative Montessori School (18 mo - 8th Grade)
Alabama Waldorf School (Infant-K)
Joseph Bruno Montessori (K3-8)
Highlands School (6 weeks - 8th Grade)
St. Rose Academy(K3-8)
Prince of Peace Catholic School (K3-8)
St Francis Xavier Catholic School K3-8
Spring Valley School (learning differences)
Jewish Community Center (Infant-K)
NE Miles Jewish Day School (K-8)
The Altamont School (Gades 5-12)
John Carroll Catholic High School
Briarwood Christian School
In addition to the schools listed, there are many other options available.
Annually, the City of Hoover hosts the Hoover Hayride & Family Night. This event includes hayrides around the park, food and drinks, and activities for the kids.
Additional events can be found at the Annual Hoover City Events website and The Hoover Sun.