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Town of Cardiff
Incorporated 1900
Population 54
Mayor vacant
School district Jefferson County Schools

Cardiff Town Council
Brookside Fire Department
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Web site None
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Cardiff (incorporated in 1900) is a town of 54 people on 0.25 square miles on the banks of Five Mile Creek, just west of Brookside in northwest Jefferson County.

The vicinity was first settled in the 1830s by members of the Crocker family. In 1880 they sold the land to coal prospectors Isaac Price and James Williamson, who opened the Cardiff mine, named for the mining town in Price's native Wales. They recruited labor from Wales and Scotland, as well as France and Italy. After the mine was taken over by the Sloss Iron & Steel Company the community grew rapidly.

A Cardiff Post Office (35041) was established in 1890. The ZIP Code still applies but since the 2003 Five Mile Creek flood the mail for Cardiff has been delivered through the Brookside Post Office.

In October 2017 a group of eight residents petitioned Judge Alan King to seek the dissolution of the municipality.


Mayors of Cardiff have included Adam Stewart, Charlie Country, Joseph "JoBo" Country and Gregory Moore Jr (2008-). The Cardiff Town Council is comprised of five members. The Cardiff Town Hall, damaged by flood, remains in disrepair.

The town had a volunteer fire department for most of its history, but dismantled it and turned over fire protection duties to Brookside Fire Department after the town could no longer afford it. There was also a police department with one or two officers for a short while, with the city jail rented from a resident.


As of the census of 2010, there were 55 people residing in the town's 30 housing units, for an average household of 1.83 persons. The population density was 219.4/mi², with housing units at an average density of 119.7/mi². The racial makeup of the town was 94.6% White and 5.5% African American.

In 2000, there were 33 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,107, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $28,906 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,067. There were 5.6% of families and 8.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

The Jefferson County Board of Equalization evaluated 25 homes in Cardiff and determined that their average market value for 2007 was $35,184, a 3.3% increase since 2006.


  • Mulkin, Martha M. (c. 2000) Cardiff's Family Circles.
  • "Cardiff, Alabama (June 8, 2010) Wikipedia - accessed June 22, 2010
  • Edgemon, Erin (January 12, 2018) "8 Cardiff residents out to dissolve a tiny Jefferson County town." The Birmingham News
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