|City of Gardendale|
|School district||Jefferson County Schools|
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The first homestead within the present limits was the farm of Otis Dyer, purchased from the United States for 12 1/2 cents per acre in 1825. William H. Parker opened a grist mill in 1873, followed soon by a canning cooperative founded by James Kimmons. Kimmons donated the land on which the first church, Chalybeate Baptist Church, was built in 1876.
U. S. Highway 31 is the north-south artery that defines the center of Gardendale, with recent development occuring westward at interchanges with I-65. Exit 271, 10 miles north of the I-20/59 interchange in Birmingham gives access to Fieldstown Road; Exit 272 to Mount Olive Road.
The town of Morris is six miles north of Gardendale while Fultondale is adjacent to the south. The unincorporated community of Mount Olive lies to the east, portions of which have been annexed by Gardendale. Gardendale is about nine miles north of Birmingham.
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,893 people residing in the city's 6,040 housing units. The population density was 616.1/mi² with housing units at an average density of 257.9/mi². The racial makeup of the city was 97% White and 1.5% Black. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2000, there were 4,733 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,786, and the median income for a family was $56,929. Males had a median income of $36,714 versus $29,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,673. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Jefferson County Board of Equalization evaluated 4,215 homes in Gardendale and determined that their average market value for 2007 was $164,515, a 5.0% increase since 2006.
Mayor of Gardendale Othell Phillips is currently serving his first term in office. Administrative offices are located in the Gardendale City Hall at 970 Main Street. The city operates a fire department, police department, a park and recreation department, a public works department, an inspections department, and a public library.
Gardendale is divided into five wards, each of which elects one representative to the City Council. The current council are:
- Ward 1: Peggy Tumlin
- Ward 2: Gary Morris
- Ward 3: Alvin Currington
- Ward 4: Faith Harper
- Ward 5: Wendell Phillips
The council meets twice a month, on the first and third Monday evenings at City Hall.
Gardendale's schools (Gardendale High School, Bragg Middle School, Snow Rogers Elementary School, Gardendale Elementary School and Mount Olive Elementary School) are in the Jefferson County School System.
 See also
- Gardendale Arts Council
- Gardendale Historical Society
- Gardendale Chamber of Commerce
- Gardendale Civic Center
- G. William Noble Recreation Complex
- Caufield Square
- "Gardendale, Alabama." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 11 Feb 2007, 01:12 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 8 Mar 2007 .
 External links
- City of Gardendale official website
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