Rainbow City, Alabama

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Population in 2022: 10,271 (78% urban, 22% rural).
Population change since 2000: +21.9%
 
Males: 4,378  (42.6%)
Females: 5,893  (57.4%)
Median resident age:

41.9 years
Alabama median age:

39.6 years

Zip codes: 35906.

Estimated median household income in 2022: $65,943 (it was $40,216 in 2000)
Rainbow City:

$65,943
AL:

$59,674

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $34,609 (it was $20,860 in 2000)

Rainbow City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $213,198 (it was $103,900 in 2000)
Rainbow City:

$213,198
AL:

$200,900

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $243,494; detached houses: $255,333; mobile homes: $29,546

Median gross rent in 2022: $979.

March 2022 cost of living index in Rainbow City: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 8.8%
(6.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.6% for Black residents, 18.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.0% for other race residents, 11.7% for two or more races residents)

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  • Races in Rainbow City, AL (2022)
    • 7,94378.2%White alone
    • 8548.4%Black alone
    • 5895.8%Hispanic
    • 4224.2%Asian alone
    • 3633.6%Two or more races
    • 10.01%American Indian alone



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Rainbow City, Alabama as of April 18, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Rainbow City is 3,211 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Rainbow City by year

Type

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(20.8)
1
(10.4)
1
(10.4)
1
(10.3)
1
(10.3)
2
(20.8)
4
(41.8)
2
(21.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(20.8)
2
(20.8)
6
(59.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.4)
4
(41.5)
7
(72.7)
4
(41.3)
1
(10.3)
3
(31.2)
1
(10.4)
1
(10.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.4)
1
(9.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3
(31.8)
8
(83.3)
11
(114.0)
20
(207.7)
9
(92.9)
8
(82.7)
11
(114.5)
42
(438.7)
36
(378.3)
1
(10.5)
3
(31.4)
4
(41.6)
6
(62.5)
4
(39.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
29
(307.7)
52
(541.6)
65
(673.7)
61
(633.4)
67
(691.9)
49
(506.8)
55
(572.7)
40
(417.8)
16
(168.1)
11
(115.2)
0
(0.0)
17
(176.9)
28
(291.6)
17
(167.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
207
(2,196)
195
(2,031)
237
(2,456)
171
(1,776)
178
(1,838)
91
(941.2)
129
(1,343)
123
(1,285)
77
(809.1)
30
(314.3)
7
(73.2)
60
(624.3)
77
(801.9)
94
(926.1)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
15
(159.2)
6
(62.5)
23
(238.4)
11
(114.2)
21
(216.9)
8
(82.7)
17
(177.0)
19
(198.5)
9
(94.6)
9
(94.3)
1
(10.5)
9
(93.7)
12
(125.0)
6
(59.1)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.4)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index128.5160.6208.0196.2178.6107.7156.9241.7147.330.310.069.894.8111.6

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 246.1. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Rainbow City, AL

Crime rate in Rainbow City detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2021, including police officers: 38 (25 officers - 24 male; 1 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.60
Alabama average:

2.40
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Ancestries: American (36.4%), Irish (9.5%), English (7.4%), German (2.3%), European (1.9%), Scotch-Irish (1.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 560 feet

Land area: 25.1 square miles.

Population density: 409 people per square mile   (low).

Rainbow City, Alabama map

632 residents are foreign born (3.3% Asia, 1.8% Latin America).

This city:

6.2%
Alabama:

3.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2022: $808 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2022: $685 (0.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Birmingham, AL (52.0 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (553.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Southside, AL (1.9 miles ),
Attalla, AL (2.2 miles ),
Gadsden, AL (2.3 miles ),
Glencoe, AL (2.7 miles ),
Ivalee, AL (2.8 miles ),
Steele, AL (2.8 miles ),
Ridgeville, AL (2.9 miles),
Reece City, AL (3.0 miles )

Latitude: 33.94 N, Longitude: 86.06 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -35 (-0.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,274 (29.8%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 256

Distribution of median household income in Rainbow City, AL in 2022
Distribution of house value in Rainbow City, AL in 2022
Rainbow City satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2022: 33 buildings, average cost: $190,200
  • 2021: 18 buildings, average cost: $198,400
  • 2020: 21 buildings, average cost: $56,800
  • 2018: 33 buildings, average cost: $208,700
  • 2017: 29 buildings, average cost: $208,700
  • 2016: 17 buildings, average cost: $188,000
  • 2015: 9 buildings, average cost: $177,100
  • 2014: 17 buildings, average cost: $201,400
  • 2013: 8 buildings, average cost: $255,300
  • 2012: 19 buildings, average cost: $226,800
  • 2011: 14 buildings, average cost: $197,300
  • 2010: 25 buildings, average cost: $160,700
  • 2009: 33 buildings, average cost: $161,700
  • 2008: 45 buildings, average cost: $191,400
  • 2007: 66 buildings, average cost: $174,300
  • 2006: 72 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2005: 80 buildings, average cost: $138,600
  • 2004: 62 buildings, average cost: $110,800
  • 2003: 46 buildings, average cost: $124,100
  • 2002: 43 buildings, average cost: $125,300
  • 2001: 44 buildings, average cost: $109,900
  • 2000: 46 buildings, average cost: $114,900
  • 1999: 38 buildings, average cost: $102,500
  • 1998: 53 buildings, average cost: $103,500
  • 1997: 48 buildings, average cost: $82,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Rainbow City, AL residents
Average permit cost in Rainbow City, AL
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

2.9%
Alabama:

2.6%
Historical population in Rainbow City, AL
Historical housing units in Rainbow City, AL

Population change in the 1990s: +635 (+8.1%).
Most common industries in Rainbow City, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (14.0%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Educational services (7.9%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.0%)
  • Public administration (4.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (13.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (11.4%)
  • Health care (6.6%)
  • Public administration (6.0%)
  • Truck transportation (4.3%)
  • Educational services (3.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (23.1%)
  • Educational services (13.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (7.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.0%)
  • Public administration (3.1%)
Most common occupations in Rainbow City, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.3%)
  • Registered nurses (4.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (8.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.4%)
  • Cashiers (6.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)

Average climate in Rainbow City, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Rainbow City, Alabama environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2023 was 74.1. This is about average.

City:

74.1
U.S.:

72.6
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2023 was 35.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 24.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

35.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2022 was 8.35. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.35
U.S.:

8.11

Tornado activity:

Rainbow City-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 151% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/24/2001, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.9 miles away from the Rainbow City city center injured 22 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 3/27/1994, a category F4 tornado 16.3 miles away from the city center killed 22 people and injured 150 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rainbow City-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Alabama state average. It is 116% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 45.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 78.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 12.3 mi) earthquake occurred 45.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 103.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 205.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 207.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Etowah County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 14, Tornadoes: 11, Floods: 10, Hurricanes: 4, Winds: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Snowfall: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rainbow City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Rainbow City:

  • RAINBOW CITY DIALYSIS (2800 RAINBOW DRIVE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Rainbow City:

  • MCGUFFEY HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; GADSDEN, AL)
  • MCGUFFEY HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; GADSDEN, AL)
  • GADSDEN HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; GADSDEN, AL)
  • ATTALLA HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ATTALLA, AL)
  • GADSDEN REGIONAL HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; ATTALLA, AL)
  • GADSDEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HOSPICE (Hospital, about 6 miles away; ATTALLA, AL)
  • ETOWAH COUNTY HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; GADSDEN, AL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rainbow City:

  • Gadsden State Community College (about 6 miles; Gadsden, AL; Full-time enrollment: 4,650)
  • Snead State Community College (about 19 miles; Boaz, AL; FT enrollment: 2,023)
  • Jacksonville State University (about 19 miles; Jacksonville, AL; FT enrollment: 7,566)
  • Jefferson State Community College (about 43 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 6,041)
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (about 43 miles; Hanceville, AL; FT enrollment: 4,486)
  • Northeast Alabama Community College (about 43 miles; Rainsville, AL; FT enrollment: 2,409)
  • Georgia Highlands College (about 52 miles; Rome, GA; FT enrollment: 4,071)

Public high school in Rainbow City:

  • ETOWAH CO SPEC ED LEARNING CTR (Location: 209A GRAND AVE W, Grades: PK-12)

Private high school in Rainbow City:

  • WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 578, Location: 100 WESTMINSTER DR, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Rainbow City:

See full list of schools located in Rainbow City

Library in Rainbow City:

  • RAINBOW CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $349,704; Location: 3702 RAINBOW DRIVE; 53,016 books; 2,968 audio materials; 2,132 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 81 state licensed databases; 71 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Web site for the City of Rainbow City, Alabama is http://www.rbcalabama.com or www.cityofrainbowcity.com

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Rainbow City: Rainbow City Fire Department Station 1 (A), Rainbow City Fire Department Station 2 (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Rainbow Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Rainbow City include: Old Harmony Baptist Church (A), Rainbow City First Baptist Church (B), White Springs Baptist Church (C), Tabernacle Baptist Church (D), Rainbow Presbyterian Church (E), Rainbow City Church of God (F), Mount Hope Methodist Church (G), First Methodist Church (H), First Church of God (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Coopers Lake (A), Chateau Charolais Lake (B), Cardwell Lake (C), Kimball Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Dry Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Rainbow City: Rainbow City Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Birthplace of: Brodie Croyle - Professional football quarterback.

Etowah County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Rainbow City and their reported violations in the past:

RAINBOW CITY UTILITIES BOARD (Address: 3700 Rainbow Dr , Population served: 11,748, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-22-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-22-2007), St Public Notif received (MAR-02-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2008)
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Alabama:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

66.2%
Whole state:

67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.0%
Whole state:

4.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
10 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
5 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
12 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Rainbow City (2011 data):

  • Compass Bank: Rainbow Plaza Branch at 3213 Rainbow Drive, branch established on 1979/11/17. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Coosa Valley Branch at 3400 Rainbow Drive, branch established on 1970/11/21. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Regions Bank: Rainbow City Branch at 3105 Rainbow Drive, branch established on 1988/08/29. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • The Exchange Bank of Alabama: Rainbow City Branch at 3000 Rainbow Drive, branch established on 1987/09/28. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $230.7 mil, Deposits: $202.5 mil, headquarters in Altoona, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Gadsden Corporation, The
  • Cadence Bank, N.A.: Rainbow City Branch at 3201 Rainbow Drive, branch established on 1996/10/01. Info updated 2011/12/14: Bank assets: $3,909.7 mil, Deposits: $3,124.0 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 112 total offices, Holding Company: Cadence Bancorp Llc

For population 15 years and over in Rainbow City:

Marital status in Rainbow City, AL
  • Never married: 26.6%
  • Now married: 54.7%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

For population 25 years and over in Rainbow City:

  • High school or higher: 89.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.3
Alabama average:

11.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2022
Means of transportation to work in 2022 - Rainbow City
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rainbow City, AL (based on Etowah County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant64,316193
Catholic7,6241
Mainline Protestant5,81635
Black Protestant4,81321
Other1,4376
None20,424-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 25
Etowah County:

2.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Here:

0.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 64
Etowah County:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 51
Etowah County:

4.95 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.7%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

32.5%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Etowah County:

20.2%
State:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.5%
Alabama:

49.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.0%
Alabama:

45.7%

Average BMI:
Rainbow City:

28.4
Alabama:

28.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
Rainbow City:

20.4%
Alabama:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Rainbow City:

11.2%
Alabama:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Rainbow City:

6.8
Alabama:

6.8

Overweight people:
Rainbow City:

34.3%
Alabama:

34.4%

General health condition:
This city:

54.9%
Alabama:

55.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Rainbow City:

77.0%
Alabama:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Rainbow City, AL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2022)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 24$88,912$44,4560$0
Firefighters 22$112,619$61,4290$0
Police - Other 14$39,928$34,2241$731
Other Government Administration 10$22,808$27,3700$0
Streets and Highways 9$31,469$41,9590$0
Parks and Recreation 9$27,873$37,1643$3,747
Local Libraries 6$18,689$37,3782$2,453
Financial Administration 5$15,912$38,1891$2,130
Judicial and Legal 3$10,296$41,1840$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$8,423$50,5380$0
Correction 1$3,215$38,5800$0
Solid Waste Management 1$4,539$54,4680$0
Electric Power 1$3,592$43,1040$0
Totals for Government 107$388,276$43,5457$9,061

Rainbow City government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $2,372,000 ($230.94)
    Water Utilities: $1,813,000 ($176.52)
    Solid Waste Management: $886,000 ($86.26)
    Police Protection: $695,000 ($67.67)
    General - Other: $641,000 ($62.41)
    Financial Administration: $450,000 ($43.81)
    Local Fire Protection: $286,000 ($27.85)
    Parks and Recreation: $164,000 ($15.97)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $33,000 ($3.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,304,000 ($224.32)

Rainbow City government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $777,000 ($75.65)
    Parks and Recreation: $14,000 ($1.36)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $709,000 ($69.03)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $82,000 ($7.98)
    Interest Earnings: $14,000 ($1.36)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,963,000 ($191.12)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $968,000 ($94.25)
    Public Utilities Sales: $791,000 ($77.01)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $613,000 ($59.68)
    Property: $204,000 ($19.86)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $123,000 ($11.98)
    Public Utility License: $55,000 ($5.35)
    Motor Vehicle License: $55,000 ($5.35)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $14,000 ($1.36)

Rainbow City government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $831,000 ($80.91)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $831,000 ($80.91)

Rainbow City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,544,000 ($345.05)
Businesses in Rainbow City, AL
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Nike1
Blockbuster1Popeyes1
Burger King1Quiznos1
CVS1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza1Subway1
FedEx2Toyota1
GNC1U-Haul1
Hyundai1UPS3
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens1
MasterBrand Cabinets2Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Rainbow City:

  • WJBY (930 AM; 5 kW; RAINBOW CITY, AL; Owner: GADSDEN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WAAX (570 AM; 5 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WGAD (1350 AM; 5 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: DEKALB COUNTY COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WMGJ (1240 AM; 1 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: FLOYD L. DONALD BROADCASTING CO. INC)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAPI (1070 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHMA (1390 AM; 5 kW; ANNISTON, AL; Owner: CASEY NETWORK, LLC)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rainbow City:

  • WKXX (102.9 FM; ATTALLA, AL; Owner: BROADCAST MEDIA LLC)
  • WQSB (105.1 FM; ALBERTVILLE, AL; Owner: SAND MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WSGN (91.5 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: GADSDEN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WGMZ (93.1 FM; GLENCOE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTBB (89.9 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WLJS-FM (91.9 FM; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: BD. OF TRUSTEES/JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WRHY (105.9 FM; CENTRE, AL; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTBJ (91.3 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WVOK-FM (97.9 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: WOODARD BROADCASTING CO. INC.)
  • WRAX (107.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGRW (90.7 FM; ANNISTON, AL; Owner: WORD WORKS, INC.)
  • WYDE-FM (101.1 FM; CULLMAN, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • W269AX (101.7 FM; ANNISTON, AL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WTDR (92.7 FM; TALLADEGA, AL; Owner: JACOBS BROADCAST GROUP, INC.)
  • WAFN-FM (92.7 FM; ARAB, AL; Owner: FUN MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WTWX-FM (95.9 FM; GUNTERSVILLE, AL; Owner: GUNTERSVILLE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WKLD (97.7 FM; ONEONTA, AL; Owner: BLOUNT COUNTY BROADCASTING SERVICE INC.)
  • W269AN (101.7 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: JOHN S. LA TOUR/J & J B/C)

TV broadcast stations around Rainbow City:

  • WPXH (Channel 44; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • W15AP (Channel 15; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: WBRC LICENSE, INC.)
  • WTJP (Channel 60; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WJSU-TV (Channel 40; ANNISTON, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INC.)
  • W50BO (Channel 50; ASHVILLE, AL; Owner: BOWLIN AND JOHNSON)
Rainbow City fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2021
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2021
See more detailed statistics of Rainbow City fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2021 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 21Number of bridges
  • 217ft / 66.5mTotal length
  • $32,739,000Total costs
  • 173,832Total average daily traffic
  • 25,298Total average daily truck traffic
  • 226,449Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
New bridges in Rainbow City, AL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11930-1939
  • 21950-1959
  • 81960-1969
  • 11990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 62010-2019
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Rainbow City, AL
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED23$126,43121$135,533119$149,4649$49,1921$214,66011$119,1582$25,155
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$214,6600$011$125,0131$33,5400$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$150,2604$104,81243$151,0084$23,1420$02$91,5650$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$234,5573$94,13722$139,0391$117,3900$01$224,0501$70,430
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$207,2801$2,0105$135,7701$103,3000$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$171,0509$143,6260$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$178,8363$205,2631$147,580
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$442,7301$34,8800$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$57,6900$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Rainbow City, AL
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Rainbow City, AL - Value

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 13. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 52 took place in 2017, and the least - 0 in 2005. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Rainbow City, AL When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (53.4%), and Structure Fires (32.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Rainbow City, AL
    • 10153.4%Outside Fires
    • 6232.8%Structure Fires
    • 2010.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 63.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Rainbow City, AL
Most common first names in Rainbow City, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James3874.5 years
Mary3079.7 years
William2875.2 years
John2673.1 years
Robert2273.1 years
Charles1969.2 years
George1378.2 years
Billy1367.3 years
Thomas1171.5 years
Frances1181.1 years
Most common last names in Rainbow City, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1577.0 years
Lee1371.2 years
Jones1177.0 years
Morgan1178.7 years
Brown1175.7 years
Johnson976.4 years
Roberts981.8 years
Hill985.6 years
Phillips976.4 years
Wilson970.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rainbow City, AL
  • 51.4%Electricity
  • 45.0%Utility gas
  • 2.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rainbow City, AL
  • 72.7%Electricity
  • 27.3%Utility gas


Rainbow City compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.

Rainbow City on our top lists:

  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: health technologists and technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
There are 11 pilots and 8 other airmen in this city.
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Anthony Scott Dobbins (5)
  • Ralph Waldo Whitfield, Jr. (4)
  • David Ladd (2)
  • Kirk Johnson (2)
  • David B. Mcfarland (2)
  • Holly Ladd (1)
  • Donald Eugene Casteel (1)

Total of 16 patent applications in 2008-2024.