Gainesville, Alabama is a small town located in the northwest corner of the state. With a population of just over 2,000 people, Gainesville is part of the larger Cullman County area. The geography of Gainesville is mainly rolling hills and farmland with some forests in the area. The climate is generally mild with temperatures ranging from mild winters to hot summers. Check whicheverhealth for information about Alexander City, Alabama.
Gainesville has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1834 by settlers from Tennessee and Georgia. It was originally named after General Edmund P. Gaines who fought in the War of 1812 and later became the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Southwestern Territory. During the Civil War, Gainesville was an important stop on a stagecoach route that connected Chattanooga to Nashville, Tennessee.
Gainesville is governed by a mayor-council form of government and its mayor is elected every four years by residents of the city. The economy of Gainesville is largely based on agriculture and other small businesses in the area such as retail stores, restaurants, and medical offices. There are several schools located in Gainesville including two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one community college campus offering associate degrees in various fields such as business administration and computer science.
In addition to its educational institutions, there are several notable landmarks located throughout Gainesville such as Old Town Hall which was built in 1872; St. John’s Episcopal Church which was built in 1887; and Chisholm Park which offers visitors access to camping sites, fishing ponds and various recreational activities throughout the year.
Population: 564. Estimated population in July 2020: 587 (+4.1% change)
Males: 280 (49.6%), Females: 284 (50.4%)
Zip code: 35070
Median resident age: 37.8 years
Median household income: $28,000
Median house value: $70,800
Races in Garden City:
- White Non-Hispanic (98.9%)
- Hispanic (0.9%)
- Other race (0.5%)
Ancestries: Irish (18.3%), United States (17.0%), English (13.5%), German (9.0%), Italian (1.2%).
Elevation: 503 feet
Land area: 2.3 square miles
Gainesville, Alabama is a small town located in Sumter County in the state of Alabama. The population of Gainesville is estimated to be around 2,000 people according to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau. It is a predominantly rural area, with most of the population living in small farms and rural communities. The majority of the population is African American, making up almost 80% of the population, with whites representing just under 15%. The median household income for Gainesville residents is $33,826 which is lower than both the state and national averages. Education levels are also lower than average for both the state and nation, with approximately 18% of adults having completed at least a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 28% for Alabama and 32% for the United States as a whole. Despite this low educational attainment level, there are still plenty of opportunities for gainful employment in Gainesville due to its proximity to larger cities such as Tuscaloosa and Birmingham which offer more diverse job markets. There are also many local businesses such as restaurants, retail stores and health care providers that provide employment opportunities within Gainesville itself.
For population 25 years and over in Garden City
- High school or higher: 56.9%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.8%
- Graduate or professional degree: 0.8%
- Unemployed: 5.1%
- Mean travel time to work: 34.7 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Garden City town
- Never married: 21.3%
- Now married: 56.8%
- Separated: 2.7%
- Widowed: 8.7%
- Divorced: 10.5%
0.4% Foreign born
Population change in the 1990s: -34 (-5.7%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Garden City:
- WOODLAND MEDICAL CENTER (about 13 miles; CULLMAN, AL)
- CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 15 miles; CULLMAN, AL)
- MEDICAL CENTER BLOUNT (about 21 miles; ONEONTA, AL)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Garden City:
- BIRMINGHAM INTL (about 32 miles; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Abbreviation: BHM)
- HUNTSVILLE INTL-CARL T JONES FIELD (about 43 miles; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Abbreviation: HSV)
- TALLADEGA MUNI (about 58 miles; TALLADEGA, AL; Abbreviation: ASN)
Other public-use airports nearest to Garden City:
- FOLSOM FIELD (about 20 miles; CULLMAN, AL; Abbreviation: 3A1)
- ROBBINS FIELD (about 27 miles; ONEONTA, AL; Abbreviation: 20A)
- ROUNTREE FIELD (about 30 miles; HARTSELLE, AL; Abbreviation: 5M0)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Garden City:
- GEORGE C WALLACE STATE COMMUNITY COLL-HANCEVILLE (about 5 miles; HANCEVILLE, AL; Full-time enrollment: 3,272)
- JEFFERSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 26 miles; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Full-time enrollment: 3,279)
- BEVILL STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 28 miles; SUMITON, AL; Full-time enrollment: 2,670)
- UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM (about 35 miles; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Full-time enrollment: 12,178)
- SAMFORD UNIVERSITY (about 38 miles; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Full-time enrollment: 4,106)
- JOHN C CALHOUN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 44 miles; DECATUR, AL; Full-time enrollment: 4,547)
- UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE (about 51 miles; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Full-time enrollment: 4,795)
Public primary/middle school in Garden City:
- GARDEN CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 103; Location: 208 3RD ST W; Grades: KG – 06)