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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Rains.

This page contains six sections:

Around Rains ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Huntsville. It is located about 43 miles [69 km] to the northwest of where Rains would have been located. Huntsville has a population of 193,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Madison. It is located about 49 miles [78 km] to the northwest of Rains and has a population of 48,000 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Albertville   [Map]   21,525   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Anniston   [Map]   22,112   S   43 miles [69.2 km]
Boaz   [Map]   9,710   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Clay   [Map]   ---   SW   48 miles [77.2 km]
Cullman   [Map]   15,496   W   43 miles [69.2 km]
Fort Payne   [Map]   14,099   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Gadsden   [Map]   35,837   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Hartselle   [Map]   14,471   W   50 miles [80.5 km]
Jacksonville   [Map]   12,657   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Oxford   [Map]   21,120   S   47 miles [75.6 km]
Pell City   [Map]   13,794   S   47 miles [75.6 km]
Rainbow City   [Map]   9,531   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
Scottsboro   [Map]   14,677   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Southside   [Map]   8,600   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   9,799   E   50 miles [80.5 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Chigger Hill   [Map]   ---   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
Collinsville   [Map]   1,963   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Cotnam   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
Crossville   [Map]   1,841   E   5 miles [8 km]
Dawson   [Map]   ---   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Geraldine   [Map]   898   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Gregory   [Map]   ---   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
Grove Oak   [Map]   ---   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Guntersville   [Map]   8,437   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Horton   [Map]   ---   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Lakeview   [Map]   143   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Mountainboro   [Map]   ---   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
Rabbit Town   [Map]   ---   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Sardis City   [Map]   1,771   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
Whitesboro   [Map]   ---   S   6 miles [9.7 km]

For more communities neighboring Rains, please visit our County-by-County Page for Rains.

DeKalb County ...

Rains would have been located within present day DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rains ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some names catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Crossville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Rains   [Map]
Double Bridges   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hustleville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kilpatrick   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Liberty   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Liberty Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lot (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Marcus (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Marshall   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Painter   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Pulltight   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Rogers   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Rains.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Rains. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability 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 Rains. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Rains ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Rains.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Albertville Rgnl.(ICAO: K8A0)   [Map]   8A0   WSW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Guntersville Muni.   [Map]   8A1   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gadsden Muni.   [Map]   ---   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Northeast Alabama Rgnl.(ICAO: KGAD)   [Map]   GAD   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Isbell Fld.(4A9/K4A9)   [Map]   4A9   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Robbins Fld.   [Map]   20A   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Centre Muni.   [Map]   C22   ESE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Cherokee Co. Rgnl.   [Map]   PYP   ESE   29 miles [46.7 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Rains.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Rains. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   SW   61 miles [98.2 km]
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   ESE   104 miles [167.4 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   NNW   133 miles [214 km]
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]   TYS   NE   159 miles [255.9 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   NW   47 miles [75.6 km]
Lovell Fld. (CHA/KCHA)   [Map]   CHA   NE   73 miles [117.5 km]
Roanoke Muni.    [Map]   7A5   SSE   88 miles [141.6 km]
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   WNW   92 miles [148.1 km]
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.(TCL/KTCL)   [Map]   TCL   SW   113 miles [181.9 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Albertville Rgnl.(ICAO: K8A0)   [Map]   8A0   WSW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Guntersville Muni.   [Map]   8A1   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gadsden Muni.   [Map]   ---   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Northeast Alabama Rgnl.(ICAO: KGAD)   [Map]   GAD   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Isbell Fld.(4A9/K4A9)   [Map]   4A9   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Robbins Fld.   [Map]   20A   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Centre Muni.   [Map]   C22   ESE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Cherokee Co. Rgnl.   [Map]   PYP   ESE   29 miles [46.7 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Albertville Rgnl.   (ICAO: K8A0)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northeast Alabama Rgnl.   (ICAO: KGAD)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Isbell Fld.   (4A9/K4A9)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Anniston Metro Airport   (ANB/KANB)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
McGhee Tyson Airport   (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]
        Website for McGhee Tyson Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Huntsville Intl.   (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]
        Website for Huntsville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Lovell Fld.   (CHA/KCHA)   [Map]
        Website for Lovell Field
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

Other Roadside Stops ...



Communities in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rains.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Rains. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rains) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rains. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2598, Longitude: -86.0861     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rains have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Rains), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rains.