Gardendale, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Gardendale, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Gardendale had a population of 14,072 as of July 1, 2016. Gardendale ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gardendale is located at latitude 33.6766 and longitude -86.8098 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gardendale (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 679 feet.

The City of Gardendale (GNIS ID: 2403681) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Gardendale is located within Gardendale Division of Jefferson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gardendale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Gardendale, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,072
Population in Households 13,899
Population in Familes 11,696
Population in Group Qrtrs 173
Population Density1 620
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 5,736
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 3,992
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,180 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,594 (74.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,142 (18.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 444 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $169,393
Average Home Value $189,682


Median Household Income $57,493
Average Household Income $71,619
Per Capita Income $29,358
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.19% 0.31%
Households 0.18% 0.29%
Families 0.04% 0.18%
Median Household Income   2.69%
Per Capita Income   1.93%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Gardendale, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gardendale to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 48 92nd
Population Density1 # 97 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 369 37th
Median Household Income # 49 92nd
Per Capita Income # 43 93rd

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