|Per capita income:||$41,917|
|Population density:||3,566 per square mile|
|Median household income:||$103,214|
|Total population:||8,769 people|
|Median age:||40 years old|
|Square miles:||2.45 square miles|
With ample space to enjoy a rural, southern lifestyle, and proximity to the charm and history of Birmingham, Meadowbrook has a lot to offer Alabama natives and newcomers. More than 8,000 residents live in the 2.46-square-mile area defined by low-lying farmlands and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Shelby County has a long history of agriculture. Cotton dominated into the 20th century before farmers diversified with corn, peanuts and soybeans. An abundance of iron ore, coal and limestone spurred a boom in manufacturing in the mid- to late-20th century, part of which remains today. Educational and healthcare services, retail, banking and finance round out the economic sector. The county is one of the most prosperous in the state. The average household income in Meadowbrook was $91,488 in 2013, well above the median $42,849 for Alabama. And cost of living has remained nearly 10 percent less is the region than the national average.
The unincorporated community is 10 miles outside of Birmingham’s limits in the northwest portion of Shelby County, defined by I-280 to the north, I-119 to the east and 17 to the west. Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park, comprises nearly 10,000 acres to the southwest of Meadowbrook. About 30 miles farther south sits Lake Lay. The man-made, recreational lake has a shoreline of about 289 miles, and offers plenty of fishing and boating opportunities.
Mountain biking is a popular pastime for area residents. The Red Trail, which is listed in the International Mountain Biking Association’s list of EPIC rides, is one of 50 miles of trails through Oak Mountain State Park. In addition to dozens of other outdoor activities, the park houses an amphitheater that hosts national artists. Golf is another major draw. The Greystone Golf & Country Club has two champion level courses. Eagle Point features an 18-hole, par 71 championship facility, and Inverness Country Club boasts a championship course, renovated by noted architect Bill Bergin.