Gadsden, AL
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Gadsden is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 36,084 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Gadsden is the 12th largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gadsden is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gadsden is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gadsden who work in office and administrative support (12.12%), sales jobs (8.06%), and food service (7.60%).

The citizens of Gadsden are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.16% of adults in Gadsden have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Gadsden in 2010 was $17,981, which is lower middle income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,924 for a family of four. Gadsden also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.78% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Gadsden is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gadsden home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gadsden residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Gadsden include English, German, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Gadsden is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.