Location in Randolph County, Alabama
|• Total||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|• Land||1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||682 ft (208 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0128488|
Wadley is located at (33.123327, −85.566350).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (4.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 640 people, 228 households, and 149 families residing in the town. The population density was 463.7 people per square mile (179.1/km²). There were 276 housing units at an average density of 200.0 per square mile (77.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.16% White, 33.28% Black or African American, 1.09% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 2.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 228 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 25.0% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $24,219. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,076. About 29.4% of families and 30.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.6% of those under age 18 and 28.2% of those age 65 or over.
Wadley is home to Wadley High School. The local school district has an enrollment of about 400 children in all grades. The school's most notable alumnus is Terrell Zachery, who played on the 2010 Auburn University College Football National Championship team. He has had NFL experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wadley Post Office (ZIP code: 36276)
The Tallapoosa River runs to the east of Wadley.
Southern Union State Community College's Wadley Campus
A relocated log cabin stands on the grounds of SUSCC.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Wadley has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. 
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Terrell Zachery (2014-01-01). "Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrell Zachery". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
- Climate Summary for Wadley, Alabama