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Madison, Alabama
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Welcome to Madison ...

The city of Madison is primarily located in Madison County. A portion of Madison extends into Limestone County.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Madison has a population of 46,962 people<2> (see below for details).

Madison is 710 feet [216 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

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

The ZIP codes for Madison: 35756-35758<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Madison had a population of 42,938 people (or 12.82% of the total population of Madison County). This makes Madison the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Madison represents 0.9% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 42,938 people, the population of Madison increased 46.4% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 29,329 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Madison had an population of 46,962 people. This is an increase of 9.37% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 60.12% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Madison ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Madison and not the distance if driven.<6>.

Community   2015
Ardmore   [Map]   1,357   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Athens   [Map]   24,966   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Decatur   [Map]   55,437   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Elkmont   [Map]   466   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Flint City   [Map]   ---   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Huntsville   [Map]   190,582   E   7 miles [11.3 km]

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

Communities Also Named Madison ...

While we believe that this Madison is located in Madison County, we know of another 2 Alabama communities named Madison. Those communities are located in the following counties: Jefferson and Montgomery County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 41 communities that are also named Madison - they are located in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Maine, Maryland, Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (3), Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina (2), South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

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 Madison. 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 Madison. 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 Madison.

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

Websites for Madison ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Madison ...

Looking for more information about Madison? 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 Madison, 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 Madison.

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) Madison. 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.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
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Auto RentalChiropractors 
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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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Madison County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Madison - 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 Madison.

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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 Madison). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Madison or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Madison includes: 35756, 35757 & 35758.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Madison. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Madison) 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 Madison. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Madison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Madison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7100, Longitude: -86.7517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Madison 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 Madison.


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