Gadsden Alabama: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information
The city of Gadsden is located in the north-eastern region of the state of Alabama on the physiographic section of the Cumberland Plateau. It is the seat of Etowah County and is home to the 100-foot Noccalula Waterfall and the Coosa River which runs through the town. The city covers a land area of 37.16 square miles with a population density of 991.8 people living per square mile.
Gadsden was incorporated as a county seat in 1867. Then, it was part of the Blaine County which used to be one with DeKalb County. Etowah County replaced Blaine County in the year that followed and Gadsden remained the seat through this whole process.
The town used to be occupied by the Cherokee before settlements rose around a stagecoach stop in 1825 which was known as Double Springs. The area that would later come to be known as Gadsden grew first had a boom in settlements when the region received steamboat traffic. During the civil war, the city was as essential as a home to textile, steel and other industries. The region was renamed Gadsden after Colonel James Gadsden who had been a behind the Gadsden Purchase by the US.
The population of Gadsden Alabama
According to records of the US Census Bureau, the city of Gadsden had a population of 36,856 people in 2010. The latest estimates of the population as on July 1, 2017, showed that there were an approximate of 35,409 people in town. Among them, 52.3 percent of the citizens are women and 21.7 percent of the people are children below the age of 18.
In the racial-ethnic demographic, about 60.8 percent of the population identifies as white. Meanwhile, about 35.2 percent were noted to identify as African American, 6.3 percent identified as Hispanic, two percent were people of mixed races, 0.7 percent were Asian and 0.3 percent of the population identified as Native American. Further, about 4.3 percent of the inhabitants of Gadsden are foreign-born and 6.7 percent speak a language other than English at home.
About 77.7 percent of the population older than 25 years are high school graduated, while 14.7 percent of the people have attained bachelors' degrees. There are a total of 14,162 households in the city of Gadsden. Each household has about 2.48 members and the median household income in the region is $ 30,496. The per capita income of Gadsden is $ 18,781. It has also been noted that 26.1 percent of the population are earning below the poverty line.
Among the biggest employers in Gadsden are the education, health care and social service sector which employs about 23.3 percent off the workforce, the manufacturing industry which occupies about 21.3 percent of the people, the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industry which engages about 12.3 percent of the people of Gadsden.
Crime in Gadsden Alabama
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has noted that in the year of 2016, Gadsden had recorded a total of 5,970 criminal incidences. These included 464 cases of violent crime, four cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 27 cases of rape, 56 cases of robbery, 377 cases of aggravated assault, 2,521 cases of property crime, 401 cases of burglary, 1,893 cases of larceny-theft and 227 cases of motor vehicle theft.
In 2015, there were a total of 3,102 criminal incidences reported. Among them were three cases of homicide, 34 cases of rape, 250 cases of robbery, 499 cases of burglary, 2,058 case of larceny and 177 cases of motor vehicle theft.
To combat crime, there were 129 people employed under the law enforcement agency of Gadsden. Among them were 98 sworn officers (six sworn female officers) and 29 civilians). In 2016, a total of 290 adults were arrested for various offenses in the city.