Living in Gadsden, AL

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Updated: 2020-03-10

Gadsden SnackAbility

1
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
4/10
Housing
4
Affordability
8
Diversity
9
Safety
2
Amenities
8
Education
5
Commute
8.5

Gadsden, AL Crime Report

2,867
Total Crimes
8,144.0
Total Crimes / 100k People
217.09%
Above National Average

Gadsden, AL Cost Of Living

79
Gadsden's Overall Cost Of Living
0.8x
Lower Than The National Average

Gadsden, Alabama Info Snack

Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is located on the Coosa River about 56 miles (90 km) northeast of Birmingham and 90 miles (140 km) southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the primary city of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 103,931. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 36,856, with an estimated population of 35,837 in 2016. Gadsden and Rome, Georgia, are the largest cities in the triangular area defined by the Interstate highways between Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga.
Population
35,624
Unemployment
8.7%
Poverty
27.6%
Median Home
$72,400
Median Income
$32,853
Median Rent
$637

Gadsden, AL Photos

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Rankings for Gadsden in Alabama

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Map Of Gadsden, AL

Population over time in Gadsden

Year Population % Change
2017 35,624 -0.6%
2016 35,832 -1.1%
2015 36,235 -0.6%
2014 36,455 -0.5%
2013 36,621 -0.5%
2012 36,794 -0.3%
2011 36,888 -0.3%
2010 37,014 -0.4%
2009 37,162 -
Crime/100k Gadsden AL USA
Violent Crime 1056.7 519.6 368.9
Murder 8.5 7.8 5.0
Robbery 133.5 83.4 86.2
Aggravated Assault 846.5 387.6 246.8
Property Crime 7087.3 2817.2 2199.5
Burglary 1161.8 590.1 376.0
Larceny 5201.1 1958.9 1594.6
Car Theft 724.3 268.3 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Gadsden

White
54.8% (19,522)
African American
35.3% (12,565)
American Indian
0.3% (94)
Asian
1.1% (387)
Hawaiian
0.0% (0)
Other
0.1% (48)
Two Or More
1.8% (650)
Hispanic
6.6% (2,358)
Race Gadsden AL USA
White 54.8% 65.7% 61.1%
African American 35.3% 26.4% 12.3%
American Indian 0.3% 0.5% 0.7%
Asian 1.1% 1.3% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 1.8% 1.7% 2.4%
Hispanic 6.6% 4.2% 17.8%

Household Income For Gadsden, Alabama

Less than $10,000
11.8% (421,627)
$10,000 to $14,999
9.9% (353,564)
$15,000 to $24,999
18.5% (660,627)
$25,000 to $34,999
13.3% (474,363)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.8% (455,139)
$50,000 to $74,999
13.7% (486,313)
$75,000 to $99,999
9.0% (320,312)
$100,000 to $149,999
8.0% (283,942)
$150,000 to $199,999
1.7% (60,789)
$200,000 or more
1.3% (45,721)
Income Gadsden AL USA
Less than $10,000 11.8% 8.8% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 9.9% 6.3% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 18.5% 12.0% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 13.3% 10.7% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.8% 13.5% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 13.7% 17.4% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 9.0% 11.5% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 8.0% 11.9% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 1.7% 4.2% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 1.3% 3.7% 7.0%

Gender in Gadsden

Female
51.4% (18,321)
Male
48.6% (17,303)
Gender Gadsden AL USA
Female 51.4% 51.6% 50.8%
Male 48.6% 48.4% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Gadsden for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
6.0% (2,137)
9-12th Grade
14.0% (4,987)
High School / GED
32.0% (11,399)
Some College
24.0% (8,549)
Associate's Degree
7.0% (2,493)
Bachelor's Degree
10.0% (3,562)
Master's Degree
4.0% (1,424)
Professional Degree
2.0% (712)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (356)
Education Gadsden AL USA
< 9th Grade 6.0% 3.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 14.0% 10.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 32.0% 31.0% 27.0%
Some College 24.0% 22.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 7.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 10.0% 16.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 4.0% 7.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

7 Reviews & Comments About Gadsden

Overall User Rating
4.0
/5

ISABELLA YOUNG

I live in Gadsden....I actually love it here...well most of the time


Andre Jackson

I'm from Anniston and live in Gadsden, h**l Gadsden ain't the worst...


HomeSnacks User

The crime in Gadsden is not at all likenyou have listed on your website as far as worse cities. Gadsden is a peaceful city and no you do not have to clinch your purse or valuables when visiting the city. I do not know how you calculate your scores or do I even care but what I do know is that you make cities look far worse than in reality. If I did not know any better and wanted to visit Gadsden and first checked your site, I would be afraid to travel to this city and would probably miss out of some of the most historical and most southern hospitality that one could or would ever endure. Please stop being so judgmental when it comes to cities and what you think of them! I would love to know what you would list as the best cities in Alabama to live. Let me guess, it would be the predominantly white neighborhoods where if you are a minority the sheriff or city police gets called because you may not look a certain way. Well I happen to live in one of those neighborhoods and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but crime happens there as well. Often times it is not reported or it is overlooked because some wealthy neighborhood mother or father paid their child's way out of the trouble. Drugs in the wealthy neighborhoods are far worse than what you would consider the "ghetto". M**h and heroine in these well to so neighborhoods is out of control!! So if you want to report on some factual claims, report on the truth! Furthermore, schools in the Gadsden area are magnet schools, which means that they have a high acedemic level to achieve and that they produce students with high merits. I made sure to mention that because you wanted information on the he schools on the area but I am sure that you already knew that as well.

This city is just as any other city. You should always watch your surrounds and be attentive to the people you come in contact with while visiting. What you bring to a person when visiting any city, is what you will get in return. If you greet people with a smile and be courteous and travel in groups you will be just fine. If you go out looking for trouble you can find that anywhere even in church.


HomeSnacks User

There are a few neighborhoods that are not exactly the nicest but the schools are definitely good and it definitely has a relaxing atmosphere and shows off its southern charm

My favorite place to hang out at is the mall but there are a few things that you need too look out for like people who act out of place but you should always be fully alerted and aware of your surroundings


HomeSnacks User

I live in this town. I have been a victim multiple times in this town. I love this town and the people that prey upon the weak it's where I love to call home.

Bad - no good paying jobs. Housing market is pitiful. Roads are horrible. A lot of schools are failing according to national reports. Very unsafe in all areas.

Good - we have a new venue event building, Buffalo Wild Wings is coming. Remodeled park in the high crime area. Plenty of shopping locations for mattresses and chicken.


HomeSnacks User

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM- I have lived in Gadsden for almost 20 yrs. We have seen a difference in the traffic, population, jobs, businesses etc. The Crime, Drugs etc. are no worse here than anywhere else. We live near GRMC and our neighborhood has seen little change. I would welcome anyone traveling through or interested in relocating to Gadsden to slow down and spend some time here. Our city is trying to improve and is growing. We are like every other city with the WAR ON DRUGS!!! Our young people need things to do and guidance for a different direction. The current situation shows that there is a definite disconnect between morals, respect, discipline, accountability, responsibility and most importantly GOALS for the future! Everyone in this day and age needs to stand up, take notice and contribute to assist our fellow citizens to take back our Children and Families from this ADDICTION TO DRUGS!!!!!!!! Without this Gadsden and any other city has NO FUTURE.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM- I have lived in Gadsden for almost 20 yrs. We have seen a difference in the traffic, population, jobs, businesses etc. The Crime, Drugs etc. are no worse here than anywhere else. We live near GRMC and our neighborhood has seen little change. I would welcome anyone traveling through or interested in relocating to Gadsden to slow down and spend some time here. Our city is trying to improve and is growing. We are like every other city with the WAR ON DRUGS!!! Our young people need things to do and guidance for a different direction. The current situation shows that there is a definite disconnect between morals, respect, discipline, accountability, responsibility and most importantly GOALS for the future! Everyone in this day and age needs to stand up, take notice and contribute to assist our fellow citizens to take back our Children and Families from this ADDICTION TO DRUGS!!!!!!!! Without this Gadsden and any other city has NO FUTURE.


HomeSnacks User

I live in gadsden and I like it!!

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