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The City of Gardendale had a population of 16,091 as of July 1, 2022. 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 33.6601 and longitude -86.8128 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gardendale 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 676 feet.

The City of Gardendale 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.

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Gardendale, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 16,091 (100%)
Population in Households 15,960 (99.2%)
Population in Families 13,252 (82.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 131 ( 0.8%)
Population Density 700
Diversity Index2 43


Median Household Income $74,746
Average Household Income $95,838
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $39,432
Wealth Index5 94


Total HU (Housing Units) 7,078 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,311 (75.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,266 (17.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 501 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $213,232
Average Home Value $269,574
Housing Affordability Index3 176


Total Households 6,577
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 4,480
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.13% 0.08%
Households 0.47% 0.18%
Families   0.12%
Median Household Income   4.63%
Per Capita Income   3.96%
Owner Occupied HU   0.15%

Gardendale, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gardendale to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 43 93rd
Population Density # 83 86th
Median Household Income # 65 89th
Housing Affordability Index # 312 53rd
Per Capita Income # 50 92nd
Diversity Index # 265 56th

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