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Town of Riverside
Incorporated 1886
Population 2,298
Mayor Rusty Jessup
School district St Clair County School System

Riverside Town Council
Riverside Fire Department
Riverside Police Department

Web site riversidealabama.net
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Riverside is a town in St Clair County with a population of 2,298.


Riverside was founded in 1882 as Readmon. The name was changed to Riverside and was incorporated as a town in 1886. For many years it was St Clair County's largest industrial center with primary industries as logging, saw mills, milling and egg products. The Coleman Ferry, crossing the Coosa River, played a major role in the area's transportation system, and remained in operation until the Bankhead Bridge became toll-free in 1937. The W.A. Coleman house, in its original condition, dates back to 1848 and is a period landmark in Riverside.

In 1964, the main part of town was raised 14.2 feet to allow for the influx of water back up due to the construction of Logan Martin Dam.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,564 people, 663 households, and 464 families residing in the town. The population density was 174.8 people per square mile (67.5/km²). There were 793 housing units at an average density of 88.6/sq mi (34.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.10% White, 12.40% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 663 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,813, and the median income for a family was $43,456. Males had a median income of $32,604 versus $21,920 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,932. About 10.2% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

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Argo | Ashville (seat) | Leeds | Margaret | Moody | Odenville | Pell City (seat) | Ragland | Riverside | Springville | Steele | Trussville | Vincent


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