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Graysville, Alabama
Location of Graysville in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Location of Graysville in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
 • Total 16.07 sq mi (41.62 km2)
 • Land 16.05 sq mi (41.58 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
558 ft (170 m)
 • Total 1,950
 • Density 121.47/sq mi (46.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 205 & 659
FIPS code 01-31384
GNIS feature ID 0119311

Graysville is a city in northwestern Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, located north of Adamsville. At the 2020 census, the population was 1,950.


In the late 1800s and early 1900s, this city was called Gin Town. Because it had the only cotton gin for miles around, the community grew. It incorporated as Graysville initially in 1897. As the town grew, the need for businesses and houses of worship grew as well. One street over from this site, the Union Church was established in the early 1900s. All people of all denominations met and worshiped there as it was the only church for miles around. In 1927, the town charter was revoked on the grounds of "inactivity."

This city was reincorporated on November 17, 1945. The first meeting of the town council took place at the old school house on January 16, 1946. Later that year, the original city council established the Graysville Water Works system. In 1949, the city council established the Graysville Gas Board which eventually became the Graysville Municipal Gas System. During the 1950s and 1960s, the local coal mines and steel mills attracted families from all over Alabama. As a result of this growth, Graysville established the City’s first series of home developments and subdivisions. During the 1980s and 1990s, Graysville expanded its city limits by annexing multiple acres in what was then unincorporated in Jefferson County.

Its communities were damaged by an EF3 tornado on January 23, 2012.


Graysville is located at 33°37′37″N 86°57′44″W / 33.62694°N 86.96222°W / 33.62694; -86.96222 (33.626955, -86.962255). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 319
1910 428 34.2%
1930 244
1950 879
1960 2,870 226.5%
1970 3,182 10.9%
1980 2,642 −17.0%
1990 2,241 −15.2%
2000 2,344 4.6%
2010 2,165 −7.6%
2020 1,950 −9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 2,165 people, 907 households, and 607 families living in the city. The population density was 343.7 people per square mile (132.8/km2). There were 1,066 housing units at an average density of 169.2 per square mile (65.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.9% White, 23.6% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 1.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 907 households 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.2% of households were one person and 12.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

The age distribution was 20.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% 65 or older. The median age was 44.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median household income was $35,750 and the median family income was $44,926. Males had a median income of $37,156 versus $30,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,308. About 15.9% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Graysville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,262 64.72%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 536 27.49%
Native American 6 0.31%
Asian 7 0.36%
Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Other/Mixed 73 3.74%
Hispanic or Latino 64 3.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,950 people, 765 households, and 542 families residing in the city.

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