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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Gadsden is a town in Alabama with a population of 35,832. Gadsden is in Etowah County. Living in Gadsden offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Gadsden and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Gadsden are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$68,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$596
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Gadsden Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    846.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    68.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    133.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,161.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,201.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    724.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%

Working in Gadsden

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$30,925
National
$55,322
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I absolutely love Gadsden! Our little town is growing and becoming quite the little hub for music and other activities. There is a live concert at any restaurant in town almost every night! Not to mention that there is a great school system here and in the surrounding areas, and plenty of jobs too!
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I have lived in Gadsden, AL for all of my life (24 years). There are many places to choose from, as far as restaurant choices go. Furthermore, the Gadsden Mall is a really nice place to go shopping, eat at, or just sit down and relax with friends and/or family. Henceforth, while Gadsden is a pretty decent place to live, I would like to see less sewer pot holes in the road, less trees, and more youth community centers to help keep troubled kids/teens out of the streets. Although, the crime rate here isn't very high, there are still bad people here just like there is everywhere.
Gadsden is a small town with a lot of charm and southern hospitality. It provides lots of opportunities for people of all ages. There are many restaurants such as Red Lobster and Longhorn, and the city is rapidly growing. In the past month, Gadsden has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art convention center that is capable of housing up to 5 separate events simultaneously. Gadsden is growing fast, with lots of new businesses and food chains coming to the city, such as Buffalo Wild Wings. Our city might be small, but Gadsden's future is bright, and only the sky is the limit.