According to a recent analysis by the Washington Post, Hoover’s zip codes are among the top in the country, all ranking in the 90th percentile or higher. The rankings were based on income and education level from census data.
35242 came in at 93 percent as the third highest in the state, right behind two Mountain Brook zip codes. Right behind it were 35244 at 91 percent and 35226 at 90 percent.
In 35242, there is a median household income of $93,039 and 59 percent of the population as college graduates. In 35244 those figures are $87,234 and 57 percent, and in 35226 $80,675 and 61 percent.
The Post also reported that a recent analysis of census data by sociologists Sean Reardon of Stanford and Kendra Bischoff of Cornell showed that middle-income neighborhoods have faded as more people live in areas that are either poor or affluent. In 1970, 65 percent of families lived in middle-income neighborhoods; four decades later, 42 percent did.