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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    C+
Gardendale is a suburb of Birmingham with a population of 13,799. Gardendale is in Jefferson County. Living in Gardendale offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in Gardendale and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Gardendale are above average.
About Gardendale...
Population
13,799

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$157,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$858
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Gardendale Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    738.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    43.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    497.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,515.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    131.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Gardendale

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,083
National
$55,322
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Gardendale Reviews

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Gardendale is very focused on community and having everyone being involved. There are plenty of places grab fast food and gas, but I think residents of Gdale, as we like to call it, would like to see nicer restaurants and more activities throughout the city.
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Gardendale has been a very nice place to live, and they are doing a lot of new construction which is very exciting. However, I would love for them to create more places for families and friends to spend time together. Around gardendale there are really only fast food places to eat and no true place to spend quality time with those around us.
Gardendale has a very safe environment, and everyone that visits feels welcome. There are places to eat for everyone, and there are many places to shop for anything you might need.