Introduction to Rainbow City, Alabama

Rainbow City, Alabama, in Etowah county, is 53 miles NE of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 96 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. Part of the surrounding Gadsden metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Rainbow City is home to some 8,428 residents.

Rainbow City History

The area now known as Rainbow City was initially known as Coosa Bend. Later, it was known as Morgan's Cross Road. It was christened Rainbow City because Rainbow Drive, U.S Highway 411, went through the middle of the city. Rainbow City was one of the first settlements of Etowah County. Families from Georgia and Carolina began to settle in the area around Coosa River from 1818 onward.

Rainbow City and nearby Attractions

  • Center For Cultural Arts
  • Brown Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
  • Rainbow City Library
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Rainbow City Park

Things To Do In Rainbow CIty

While in Rainbow City, you can visit the nearby museums including the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Center For Cultural Arts. The Rainbow City Library and the beautiful churches are also worth visiting. Noccalula Falls Park and the reservoirs around the region offer a range of recreational facilities. The Rainbow Plaza Shopping Center and Dry Creek are ideal destinations for shopaholics.

Rainbow City Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Talladega Muni Airport.

Rainbow City Higher Education

higher education facilities for Rainbow City residents are available at Gadsden State Community College, Jacksonville State University, Jefferson State Community College, or the George C. Wallace State Community Coll-Hanceville.


Total Population 9,623
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,783
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 55.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,888
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,758
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,573


Median Family Income $54,776
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $142,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.2%
US/American 0%
English 14.2%
Irish 7.6%

Rainbow City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles NE of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Etowah
Metro Area Gadsden
Standard Zip Codes 35901, 35906
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.954
Longitude -86.041

Rainbow City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Attalla 5,995 $40,291
Gadsden 36,621 $36,743
Glencoe 5,137 $54,188
Ridgeville 145 $19,375
Southside 8,432 $78,448

Rainbow City Public Libraries

Rainbow City Public Library
Rainbow City, Alabama
(256) 442-8477

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