Welcome to Gadsden ...
The city of Gadsden is located in Etowah County<1> and is the County Seat for Etowah County.
When the people of Gadsden refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Gadsdenite<2>
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Gadsden has a population of 35,007 people<3> (see below for details).
Gadsden was established in 1845.
The community of Gadsden is 570 feet [174 m] above sea level.<4>.
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 Etna (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).
Area codes for Gadsden: (256) and (938)<5>
The ZIP codes for Gadsden: 35901-35905, 35907<6>
Websites for Gadsden ...
Official Website: www.ci.gadsden.al.us/
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Gadsden had an population of 35,007 people. This is a decrease of 5.02% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.19% since the 2000 Census).
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 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 (with a count of 38,978 people).
More information can be found on the Census 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.
Communities near Gadsden ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Gadsden.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southside
- Southside lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the south of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 9,046 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southside have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Southside
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Southside<8>
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glencoe
- Glencoe lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 5,080 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glencoe have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Glencoe
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glencoe<8>
- Hokes Bluff
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hokes Bluff
- Hokes Bluff lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the east of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 4,240 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hokes Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Hokes Bluff
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hokes Bluff<8>
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashville
- Ashville lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southwest of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 2,396 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ashville have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashville
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ashville<8>
- Sardis City
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sardis City
- Sardis City lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northwest of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 1,776 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sardis City have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Sardis City
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Steele
- Steele lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Gadsden.
- Population from the 2020 Census: 1,093 people
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Steele have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Steele
- Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Steele<8>
To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gadsden. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Gadsden.
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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Gadsden.
We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gadsden. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Gadsden.
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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Gadsden, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Gadsden.
Adding Gadsden to Our Gazetteer ...
We originally found mention of Gadsden in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.
The earliest source that we've referenced which mentioned Gadsden was the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).
For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Gadsden.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Gadsden: www.ci.gadsden.al.us/
The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/
The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Etowah, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.|
|<2>||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.|
|<3>||Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gadsden.|
|<4>||The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gadsden - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.|
|<5>||Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).|
|<6>||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.
|<7>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. 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 for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GadsdenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gadsden. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0141, Longitude: -86.0084 |
|<8>||While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.|
|<9>||The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.|