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Irondale is a city adjacent to Birmingham, Alabamamarker, United Statesmarker northeast from Homewoodmarker and Mountain Brookmarker. At the 2000 census the population was 9,813. The book (later a film) Fried Green Tomatoes, by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based around 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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km¬≤), of which, 9.0 square miles (23.2 km¬≤) of it is land and 0.11% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,813 people, 4,019 households, and 2,736 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,094.0 people per square mile (422.4/km¬≤). There were 4,212 housing units at an average density of 469.6/sq mi (181.3/km¬≤). The racial makeup of the city was 71.69% White, 25.28% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,019 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,203, and the median income for a family was $55,365. Males had a median income of $38,138 versus $30,775 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,251. About 5.7% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


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


EWTN's main studio.

The headquarters of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), founded by the nun Mother Angelica, is located in Irondale.


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