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Gadsden, Alabama

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Welcome to Gadsden ...

The city of Gadsden is located in Etowah County and is the County Seat for Etowah County.

When the people of Gadsden refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Gadsdenite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Gadsden has a population of 36,084 people<2> (see below for details).

Gadsden was established in 1845.

The community of Gadsden is 570 feet [174 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Gadsden lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Gadsden (for example, toward Cave Spring (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Area codes for Gadsden: (256) and (938)<4>

The ZIP codes for Gadsden: 35901-35905, 35907<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gadsden had a population of 36,856 people (which is 35.29% of the total population of Etowah County). This makes Gadsden the county's most populous community.

The population of Gadsden represents 0.77% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 12th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 36,856 people, the population of Gadsden decreased 5.44% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 38,978 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Gadsden had an population of 36,084 people. This is a decrease of 2.09% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 7.42% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Gadsden.

Communities near Gadsden ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Gadsden and not the distance if you are driving it.<6>.

Community   2015
Ashville   [Map]   2,256   SW   18 miles [29 km]
Attalla   [Map]   5,899   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Boaz   [Map]   9,688   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Collinsville   [Map]   1,973   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Crossville   [Map]   1,848   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Glencoe   [Map]   5,153   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Gadsden.

Communities Also Named Gadsden ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Gadsden - they are located in Arizona, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Gadsden.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gadsden. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gadsden. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gadsden. Our list includes 20 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Gadsden:

Websites for Gadsden ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gadsden ...

Looking for more information about Gadsden? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gadsden, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Gadsden.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Gadsden. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Gadsden refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Gadsden may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gadsden.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gadsden - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Gadsden.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Gadsden). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Gadsden or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Gadsden includes: 35901, 35902, 35903, 35904 & 35905.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Gadsden. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gadsden) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gadsden. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gadsden

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gadsden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0093, Longitude: -86.0152     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gadsden have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gadsden.


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