Southside, Alabama

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Southside is a city in Etowah county in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is part of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,036 at the 2000 census. This sprawling suburb of Gadsden is one of the fastest growing cities in Northeast Alabama.

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History

Southside was first settled in 1850 as a small rural community with townships such as Green Valley, Cedar Bend, and Pilgrims Rest, and the town of Southside was formed when they banded together. Early Southside's dominant source of income was farming.

Geography

Southside is located at 33°54′13″N 86°1′34″W / 33.90361°N 86.02611°W / 33.90361; -86.02611 (33.903597, -86.026105)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.1 square miles (49.5 km²), of which, 18.9 square miles (49.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.05%) is water.

Southside occupies the southern part of Etowah County between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and Coosa River.

Education

The city is served by the Etowah County Board of Education. The city has one elementary school, one high school, and shares a middle school with neighboring Rainbow City. Students also have the option of attending schools in the Gadsden City school system.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,036 people, 2,653 households, and 2,170 families residing in the city. The population density was 372.2 people per square mile (143.7/km²). There were 2,783 housing units at an average density of 147.2/sq mi (56.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.11% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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