Introduction to Southside, Alabama

Southside, Alabama, in Etowah county, is 52 miles NE of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 94 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is situated in the Gadsden metropolitan area. An estimated 7,036 people resides in Southside.

Southside History

Southside was first settled in the year 1850 and was a small, rural community. Presently, the city comprises townships such as Cedar Bend, Green Valley, and Pilgrims Rest. The main source of income during the early days was farming. Southside was Etowah County's first city, excluding Gadsden, to have a telephone system. The service was provided by The Cedar Bend Telephone Company. This city was incorporated in 1957. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama.

Southside and nearby Attractions

  • Southside United Methodist Church
  • Green Valley Baptist Church
  • Noccalula Falls Park
  • Big Oak Lake
  • Center for Cultural Arts

Things To Do In Southside

The city of Southside has reservoirs that tourists can visit including Big Oak Lake and Bells Lake. Tourists can also visit the churches in Southside city including the Southside United Methodist Church, Brannon Springs Missionary Baptist Church, Green Valley Baptist Church, Pilgrims Rest Missionary Baptist Church, and Southside First Baptist Church. You can also visit the Noccalula Falls Park and the Center for Cultural Arts.

Southside Transportation

The airport closest to Southside, Alabama, is Talladega Municipal Airport.

Southside Higher Education

Higher education institutes near Southside include Gadsden State Community College, George Wallace state Community College-Hanceville, Jacksonville State University, and Samford University.


Total Population 8,514
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,146
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 63.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $79,289
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $780
Median House Value $152,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0%
English 13.4%
Irish 17.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Southside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles NE of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Etowah
Metro Area Gadsden
Standard Zip Codes 35907
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.924
Longitude -86.022

Southside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 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 25 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 25.6 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 5,965 $41,828
Gadsden 36,455 $37,606
Glencoe 5,139 $53,927
Ohatchee 962 $59,219
Rainbow City 9,608 $56,077
Ridgeville 117 $22,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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