Irondale, Alabama

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The Irondale Cafe
The Irondale Cafe
Location of Irondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Location of Irondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°31′55″N 86°41′13″W / 33.53194°N 86.68694°W / 33.53194; -86.68694
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
 • Total 17.48 sq mi (45.28 km2)
 • Land 17.32 sq mi (44.85 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 12,349
 • Estimate (2017)[3] 12,468
 • Density 720.07/sq mi (278.02/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 35210
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-37864
GNIS feature ID 0120702

Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is a suburb of Birmingham, northeast of Homewood and Mountain Brook. At the 2010 census the population was 12,349. The setting of the book (later a film) Fried Green Tomatoes, by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based on the town and the landmark Irondale Cafe, known as The Whistle-Stop Cafe in the book & film. Irondale is also the location of Catholic radio/television broadcaster EWTN. The city's annual Whistle-Stop Festival attracts thousands to its eclectic mix of art, food and music.


On October 5, 1887, the town incorporated as Irondale (after Irondale Furnace).[4]

The 1916 Irondale earthquake, magnitude 5.1, caused some damage in the area, and was felt in neighboring states.

In 1981, Mother Angelica founded the Eternal Word Television Network, after starting from a garage.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.11% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201712,468[3]1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

According to the 2010 census results, the population of the area was approximately 12,349 people. From 2000 to 2010, Irondale’s population growth percentage was 25.8% (or from 9,813 people to 12,349 people). 23.1% of the Irondale city residents were under 18 years of age. Census 2010 race data for Irondale city include the racial breakdown percentages of 56.33% white, 35.38% black, 1.43% Asian and 7.78% Hispanic. Also, there were 5,495 housing units in Irondale city, 92.5% of which were occupied housing units.


Irondale is served by Jefferson County Board of Education and is home to Shades Valley High School, Grantswood Community School, Irondale Community School, Irondale Middle School, Shades Valley Theatre Academy, Jefferson Christian Academy, and the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School.

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
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  5. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014.

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Coordinates: 33°31′55″N 86°41′13″W / 33.531939°N 86.686816°W / 33.531939; -86.686816