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Irondale
The Irondale Cafe
The Irondale Cafe
Location of Irondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Location of Irondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 17.48 sq mi (45.28 km2)
 • Land 17.32 sq mi (44.85 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation
741 ft (226 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 13,497
 • Density 779.50/sq mi (300.96/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35210
Area code(s) 205 & 659
FIPS code 01-37864
GNIS feature ID 0120702

Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is a suburb of Birmingham, northeast of Homewood and Mountain Brook. At the 2020 census, the population was 13,497. The setting of the book (later a film) Fried Green Tomatoes, by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based on the town and the landmark Irondale Cafe, known as The Whistle-Stop Cafe in the book & film. Irondale is also the location of Catholic radio/television broadcaster EWTN. The city's annual Whistle-Stop Festival attracts thousands to its eclectic mix of art, food and music.

History

On October 5, 1887, the town incorporated as Irondale (after Irondale Furnace).

The 1916 Irondale earthquake was felt in neighboring states. In 1981, Mother Angelica founded the Eternal Word Television Network.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.11% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 525
1910 572 9.0%
1920 809 41.4%
1930 1,517 87.5%
1940 1,486 −2.0%
1950 1,876 26.2%
1960 3,501 86.6%
1970 3,166 −9.6%
1980 6,510 105.6%
1990 9,454 45.2%
2000 9,813 3.8%
2010 12,349 25.8%
2020 13,497 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Irondale racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 7,183 53.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,032 29.87%
Native American 16 0.12%
Asian 211 1.56%
Pacific Islander 4 0.03%
Other/Mixed 486 3.6%
Hispanic or Latino 1,565 11.6%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,497 people, 5,161 households, and 3,022 families residing in the city.

2010 census

According to the 2010 census results, the population of the area was approximately 12,349 people. From 2000 to 2010, Irondale's population growth percentage was 25.8% (or from 9,813 people to 12,349 people). 23.1% of the Irondale city residents were under 18 years of age. Census 2010 race data for Irondale city include the racial breakdown percentages of 56.33% white, 35.38% black, 1.43% Asian and 7.78% Hispanic. Also, there were 5,495 housing units in Irondale city, 92.5% of which were occupied housing units.

Gallery

http://censusviewer.com/city/AL/Irondale


Education

Irondale is served by Jefferson County Board of Education and is home to Shades Valley High School, Grantswood Community School, Irondale Community School, Irondale Middle School, Shades Valley Theatre Academy, Jefferson Christian Academy, and the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School.

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