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Overview

Introduction to Gadsden, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah county, is 57 miles NE of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 94 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia.

Gadsden History

Gadsden was first settled by John Riley in 1825. At that time, the settlement was known as Double Springs and was a stagecoach stop on the Huntsville-Rome route. The first steamboat that came to the area was piloted by Captain James Lafferty. It arrived on July 4, 1845. Originally, it was proposed that the city's name be changed to Lafferty's Landing. However, when Lafferty declined the city was named after Colonel James D. Gadsden, who became famous for the Gadsden Purchase.

Gadsden and nearby Attractions

  • Noccalula Falls Park
  • Gadsden Museum of Fine Arts
  • James D. Martin Wildlife Park
  • Imagination Place Children's Museum
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
  • Huntsville - Madison County Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Gadsden

There are many parks and open spaces in Gadsden including Gadsden Kiwanis Park, North Gadsden Park, Central Recreation Area, Sequoyah Park, and Gadsden Moragne Park. You can also visit Noccalula Falls Park, James D. Martin Wildlife Park, Coosa River, Lookout Mountain, and Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Gadsden Mall Shopping Center, Agricola Shopping Center, and Genie Drew Village Shopping Center.

Gadsden Transportation

Flights are available from Talladega Municipal Airport.

Gadsden Higher Education

Gadsden State Community College is the local college. George C Wallace State Community Coll-Hanceville, Jacksonville State University, Jefferson State Community College, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 36,455
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 13,203
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $25,129
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,004
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,035

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,606
% Above Poverty Level 70.6%
% Below Poverty Level 29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $588
Median House Value $71,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 6.6%

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

Gadsden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 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 35901, 35903, 35904, 35905, 35906, 35907
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35902
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.014
Longitude -86.006

Gadsden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GADSDEN
Distance 1.3 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
Station SAND MT SUBSTATION
Distance 18.8 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
Station ONEONTA
Distance 26.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Gadsden, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Gadsden (35903)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Attalla 5,965 $41,828
Glencoe 5,139 $53,927
Rainbow City 9,608 $56,077
Ridgeville 117 $22,500
Southside 8,514 $79,289

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

Gadsden Public Libraries

Library
Gadsden-etowah Co. Public Library
254 COLLEGE STREET
Gadsden, Alabama
(256) 549-4699

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Gadsden Hospitals

RIVERVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
600 SOUTH THIRD STREET
(256) 543-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

GADSDEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1007 GOODYEAR AVENUE
(256) 494-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gadsden High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
2150 HIGHWAY 77
256-442-2172
Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

GASTON HIGH SCHOOL
4550 US HIGHWAY 411
256-547-8828
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 640 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

GADSDEN HIGH SCHOOL
607 S 12TH ST
256-547-5446
Serves 593 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

EMMA SANSOM HIGH SCHOOL
2210 W MEIGHAN BLVD
256-546-3316
Serves 502 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
1109 HOKE ST
256-492-3061
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 350 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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125 ROBIN CIR
256-543-2489
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.

JK WEAVER TECHNICAL CENTER
1515 CAMPBELL AVE
256-492-6441
A Vocational School

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