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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,590
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+3,606
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married53.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30%
Median Earnings25+$35,967
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,780

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,953
% Above Poverty Level80.2%
% Below Poverty Level19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$721
Median House Value$142,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.1%
English12.2%
Irish11.2%
German8.8%
Dutch2.4%
West Indian1.7%
Haitian1.7%
African1.6%
Italian1.5%
Scottish1.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Polish1.2%
Finnish1%
Nigerian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Greek0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Rainbow City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Etowah County
Standard Zip Codes35906
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.92
Approximate Longitude-86.08

Rainbow City 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
Distance5.4 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
Distance23.1 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
Distance24.4 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
Gadsden36,235$41,023
Glencoe5,122$55,962
Ridgeville114$24,063
Southside8,563$77,500

Rainbow City Public Libraries

Rainbow City Public Library
3702 RAINBOW DRIVE
Rainbow City, Alabama
(256) 442-8477

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Rainbow City Public Schools

Etowah Co Spec Ed Learning Ctr
209a Grand Ave W
ZIP: 35906
Other
John S Jones Elem Sch
301 Lumley Rd
ZIP: 35906
Primary
Total Enrollment 728
Rainbow Middle Sch
454 Lumbley Rd
ZIP: 35906
Middle
Total Enrollment 677

Rainbow City Private Schools

Westbrook Christian School
100 Westminster Dr
ZIP: 35906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 514
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