Introduction to Leeds, Alabama

Leeds, Alabama is 15 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 124 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is part of the Birmingham metro area. The population of Leeds is 10,455.

Leeds History

The city was named after the city of Leeds in England in West Yorkshire. It was officially incorporated on April 27, 1887. In the early days, iron ore was produced here. The construction of the Georgia Pacific railway, connecting Birmingham to Atlanta, brought more people to the region. Another reason for Leeds' growth was the establishment of the Standard Portland Cement manufacturing plant in 1906.

Leeds and nearby Attractions

  • Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum
  • Bass Thomas Museum
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Southern Museum of Flight
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
  • Oak Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Leeds

There are several excellent places to visit in Leeds. The city has beautiful parks which have tracks ideal for walking. The Memorial Park and the Historical Park are two places where one can spend their leisure time. You can also visit the Barber Motor Sport Museum and the Bass Thomas Museum. In addition, you can visit the Rowan House and the Historic Depot. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Alabama Sports Hall of Fame are nearby.

Leeds Transportation

Air transportation is provided by Birmingham International Airport.

Leeds Higher Education

Residents can pursue higher education from Samford University. Jefferson State Community College, Bevill State Community College, and University of Alabama at Birmingham also offer educational opportunities to the people of Leeds.


Total Population 12,063
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,184
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 55.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $36,588
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,434
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,539


Median Family Income $56,046
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $701
Median House Value $138,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 9.7%

Leeds Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 124 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Jefferson
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35094
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.548
Longitude -86.544

Leeds Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Station PINSON
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.4 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 78 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Irondale 12,399 $55,958
Margaret 4,475 $65,551
Moody 12,124 $70,777
Tarrant 6,331 $35,102
Trussville 20,229 $99,049

Leeds Public Libraries

Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Leeds, Alabama
(205) 699-5962

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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