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Cottondale, Alabama
Location of Cottondale in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
Location of Cottondale in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
Cottondale, Alabama is located in Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama
Location in Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama is located in the United States
Cottondale, Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tuscaloosa
 • Total 3.46 sq mi (8.97 km2)
 • Land 3.44 sq mi (8.92 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
344 ft (105 m)
 • Total 3,130
 • Density 908.83/sq mi (350.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 205, 659
GNIS feature ID 116690

Cottondale is a census-designated place in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States, now encompassed in the eastern suburbs of Tuscaloosa. The ZIP Code is 35453. Alternative spellings include Cotton Dale, Kennedale, Kennidale and Konnidale.

Cottondale was the site of cotton mills where the Knights of Labor had some success in organizing drives in the late 1880s; and where "Mother" Jones worked in 1904 while studying conditions for working women and children in the South.

Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads.... Tiny babies of six years old with faces of sixty did an eight-hour shift for ten cents a day.... The machines, built in the north, were built low for the hands of little children.

Cottondale was originally called Kennedale in honor of Joseph Kennedy, one of the owners of a local cotton mill. In 1876, the name was changed to Cottondale for the cotton mill.


In 2016 Cottondale's population was 3,546 people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of US$50,063.

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 3,130
U.S. Decennial Census
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