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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,235
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+13,581
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married37.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.7%
Median Earnings25+$25,379
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,732
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,506

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,023
% Above Poverty Level73.9%
% Below Poverty Level26.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone35.1%
Median Gross Rent$602
Median House Value$72,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.2%
Irish7.8%
English6.4%
German5.1%
Scottish1.3%
Italian1.2%
French Except Basque0.8%
Dutch0.6%
African0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Polish0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Gadsden Almanac

CategoryValue
County Etowah County
Standard Zip Codes35901, 35904, 35905, 35907, 35903, 35906
P.O. Box Zip Codes35902
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.01
Approximate Longitude-86.01

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)

StationGADSDEN
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp30 to 51 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip56.1 inches
StationSAND MT SUBSTATION
Distance18.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 48 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp47 to 72 F
Annual Precip55 inches
StationONEONTA
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Attalla5,934$43,019
Glencoe5,122$55,962
Rainbow City9,590$57,953
Ridgeville114$24,063
Southside8,563$77,500

Gadsden Public Libraries

Gadsden - Etowah County Public Library
254 COLLEGE STREET
Gadsden, Alabama
(256) 549-4699

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Gadsden Hospitals

Gadsden Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1007 Goodyear Avenue
(256) 494-4000
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Gadsden
(Proprietary)
801 Goodyear Avenue
(256) 439-5000
Mountain View Hospital
(Proprietary)
3001 Scenic Highway
(256) 546-9265
Riverview Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
600 South Third Street
(256) 543-5200

Gadsden Public Schools

Eura Brown Elem Sch
1231 Alcott Rd
ZIP: 35901
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Thompson Elem Sch
236 Goldenrod Ave
ZIP: 35901
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Therapeutic Academic Prog
201 College St
ZIP: 35901
Primary
Gaston High Sch
4550 Us Highway 411
ZIP: 35901
Other
Total Enrollment 581
Mitchell Elem Sch
1501 Noccalula Rd
ZIP: 35901
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Striplin Elem Sch
600 Cleveland Ave
ZIP: 35901
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Gadsden City Alt Sch
607 S 12th St
ZIP: 35901
Other
Excel Institute
1147 Walnut St.
ZIP: 35901
Gadsden Middle Sch
612 Tracy St
ZIP: 35901
Middle
Total Enrollment 483
Etowah Co Alt High Sch
600 Valley Street
ZIP: 35901
High
Total Enrollment 132
C I T Y Prog
435 E Chestnut
ZIP: 35903
Other
Total Enrollment 13
Adams Elem Sch
919 Raley St
ZIP: 35903
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Litchfield Middle Sch
1109 Hoke St
ZIP: 35903
Middle
Total Enrollment 200
Donehoo Elem Sch
1109 E Broad St
ZIP: 35903
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Weaver Tech Ctr
1001 George Wallace Drive
ZIP: 35903
Sansom Middle Sch
2210 W Meighan Blvd
ZIP: 35904
Middle
Total Enrollment 454
Gadsden City High Sch
1917 Black Creek Parkway
ZIP: 35904
High
Total Enrollment 1535
Walnut Pk Elem Sch
3200 Walnut St
ZIP: 35904
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Floyd Elem Sch
601 Black Creek Rd
ZIP: 35904
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Highland Elem Sch
3156 Tabor Rd
ZIP: 35904
Primary
Total Enrollment 188

Gadsden Private Schools

Episcopal Day School
156 S 9th St
ZIP: 35901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
St James Catholic School
700 Albert Rains Blvd
ZIP: 35901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
Excel Institute
1147 Walnut St
ZIP: 35901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
East Gadsden Baptist Church Kindergarten
211 N 6th St
ZIP: 35903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Coosa Christian School
2736 Wills Creek Rd
ZIP: 35904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 263
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