Gardendale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama. It is a northern suburb of Birmingham. The name Gardendale was chosen in 1906, and the community was incorporated in 1955. It has a total land area of 17.9 square miles. Historically, this area had saw mills and cotton gins.
Manufacturing, retail trade, and professional, scientific, and technical services are the major economic activities here. Public schooling here is administered by the Jefferson County School System. It comprises two elementary schools, one middle and one high school. There are also a number of private schools. Parker Field Airport is the local airport. The closest hospital is St. Vincent's Birmingham, located 7 miles away in Birmingham. The cost of living here is 8.20% lower than the country average.
The town gets 54 inches of rain annually. The number of days in a year with measurable precipitation is 107. Snowfall is about 2 inches annually.