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Welcome to Rainsville ...

The city of Rainsville is located in DeKalb County<1>.

The location of Rainsville has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Rainsville, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1954.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rainsville has a population of 5,092 people<3> (see below for details).

Rainsville is 1,300 feet [396 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

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

Area codes for Rainsville: (256) and (938)<5>

The ZIP code for Rainsville: 35986<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rainsville had an population of 5,092 people. This is an increase of 2.91% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 13.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rainsville had a population of 4,948 people (which is 6.96% of the total population of DeKalb County). This makes Rainsville the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Rainsville represents 0.1% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 104th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,948 people, the population of Rainsville increased 9.98% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,499 people).

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

Communities Also Named Rainsville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 3 communities that are also named Rainsville - they are located in Indiana, New Mexico and Texas.

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

Communities near Rainsville ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rainsville.

  • Scottsboro
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Fort Payne
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Henagar
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Collinsville
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • Sylvania
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvania have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvania
    • Sylvania is located in DeKalb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,860 people
  • Crossville
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Fyffe
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fyffe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fyffe
    • Fyffe is located in DeKalb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,076 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fyffe <7>
  • Hollywood
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hollywood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollywood
    • Hollywood is located in Jackson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 982 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hollywood <7>
  • Powell
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powell
    • Powell is located in DeKalb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 908 people
  • Geraldine
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)

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 Rainsville. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rainsville.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rainsville. 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 Rainsville.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rainsville. See our Newspapers Page for Rainsville.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rainsville ...

Looking for more information about Rainsville? 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 Rainsville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rainsville.

Adding Rainsville to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rainsville in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Rainsville was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Rainsville post office opened in 1954.

We also found Rainsville on a map titled Shell Oil Map of Alabama (1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Rainsville.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rainsville. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including DeKalb, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rainsville.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rainsville - 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 Rainsville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Rainsville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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