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Rainsville: more than just a growing city with a great location

Rainsville is a city in scenic northeast Alabama with about 5,000 residents. Resting atop the large plateau known as Sand Mountain, the uncrowded, yet growing city is ideally located near larger Southern cities. Interstate 59 is only 10 minutes away. Two important transportation routes, Alabama Highway 35 and Alabama Highway 75, cross in the heart of the city.

Rainsville is the proud home of the Plainview Bears and the Cornerstone Christian Academy Eagles.

PHS JPG Plainview
is a DeKalb County School with grades K through12. It opened in 1936 and served as a junior high school from 1936 until 1957. Its first class of seniors graduating in 1959. Today, it has about 1,250 students and nearly 125 staff members, and has an outstanding reputation for academics, sports, marching band and other activities.

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PHS.K12  |  Plainview PTO

Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) is a private Christian school. It has experienced tremendous growth since its founding in 2002. It started as an early elementary school only but has now grown to include K through 12. It's first senior class was in 2015.

In recent years,  athletics and band have been added to the list of student activities.CCA JPG

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U.S. Census Bureau figures show steady growth throughout the city's history. According to the Census, Rainsville's population grew about 16% between 1990 and 2000, and about 32% between 1980 and 1990. Recent population counts for the Rainsville city limits were as follows: 2014 estimate > 5,011. 2010 census > 4,948. 2000 census > 4,499. 1990 census > 3,875.

Rainsville is in DeKalb County which has a population of about 73,000.

Population density is about 240 persons per square mile. When analyzing our city's population, keep in mind that the population outside the Rainsville city limits is denser than expected for a  "rural" area. Therefore, it's useful to get a broader view of the city's true market area by taking into consideration the Census Bureau's Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). The count for Rainsville's 35986 zip code is 7,744 (2014). An analysis of neighboring ZCTA's shows a combined population within a 10-mile radius of Rainsville of about 21,000.

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Rainsville's nickname, "The Crossroads of Sand Mountain," is derived from the fact that it is located at the crossroads of two important transportation routes: Alabama Highway 35 and Alabama Highway 75. Interstate 59 is 6.2 miles from Industrial Park Blvd. in Rainsville.

At 10.6 miles, Isbell Field in Fort Payne is the nearest airport. Huntsville International Airport is 71 miles from the center of the city while Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is just under 73 miles away.

The nearest major waterway is the Tennessee River.

Northeast Alabama has four distinct seasons. Rainsville's average annual temperature is 57 degrees. The average January temperature is 36 degrees. The average July temperature is 76 degrees. Annual precipitation averages about 53 inches. Average annual snowfall is less than two inches although we expect at least three days with the ground covered with snow each winter.

The highest elevation inside the city limits is 1,296 feet above sea level.

Rainsville is named in honor of Will Rains who opened an eight-by-twelve foot log general store at the crossroads in 1902.

Rainsville was incorporated in 1956.

Farmland covers a large percentage of the Rainsville area. Small farms and ranches are prominent. Cattle and chicken growers are most common, but acres of row crops such as soybeans, corn, melons and potatoes are also found in the season. DeKalb County ranks as one of the state's top counties each year for cattle, poultry, soybeans and corn.

Rainsville's business community features a variety of industry, along with professionals such as healthcare providers and lawyers, and retail stores. Due to a large number of businesses in the healthcare sector, and with four banks and a credit union in the city, Rainsville could easily be considered the healthcare and financial hub of central Sand Mountain.

The industrial sector's most notable products include church furniture, steel products, cardboard bailers, and plastic parts for new Honda mini vans.

The Rainsville Chamber of Commerce Inc. has about 145 members. There are over 200 businesses in the city.

Relocation guide

If you are looking for a new home or building lot, Rainsville currently has a wide variety of properties available. This section provides real estate contacts along with the kinds of the information potential residents and newcomers request most often.

Cornerstone Realty. 2230 Main Street East; Rainsville, AL
256-638-7742 |

Kim Horton Realty. 72 Roy Sanderson Ave,  Suite 6; Rainsville, AL
256-638-8003 |

Pendergrass Real Estate. 72 Roy Sanderson Ave,  Suite 6; Rainsville, AL
256-601-2242 |

White Realty. 348 Main Street East; Rainsville, AL
256-638-6265 | 

DEKALBCOUNTYREALTORS.COM. There are usually 75 to 85 Rainsville-area properties listed on the county association's website. Go to and enter "Rainsville" in the location box, then click the search button to see them.

Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative. 256-638-2153 |
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (telephone, internet, digital television). 256-638-2144 |
Cable-Time (satellite TV installation). 256-638-2326
Water Works Board of Section. 256-638-2119 |

Rainsville Police Department. 256-638-2157| more
Rainsville Fire and Rescue. 256-638-8055 | more

Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. 256-638-7800 |
City Hall/ Mayor's Office. 256-638-6331
Rainsville Post Office. 256-638-2575

Rainsville Chiropractic Medicine
. 460 Main Street W, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-4228 |
Dr. Emily K. White
. 553 Main Street W, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-2295 | info

Dr. John P. Anderson
. 89 Church Avenue, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-4436 | info
Dr. Marvin L. Barron. 103 Church Ave, Suite 1, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-2111 | info
Carter Orthodontics. 85 Church Ave, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-9800 | | Facebook
Dr. Phillip L. Fortner. 569 McCurdy Ave N, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-7272 | Facebook
Rainsville Pediatric Dental Village. Dr. Tara L. Moncus; Dr. Emily S. Carter, 371 McCurdy Ave S; Rainsville, AL; 256-638-3000 | Facebook

ABC Hospice. 266 Industrial Drive, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-3491 |
Alacare. 504 McCurdy Ave S, Suite 6, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-7957 |
Oxford Healthcare. 124 McCurdy Ave S, Suite B, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-7080 |

DeKalb Regional Medical Center
. 200 Medical Center Dr, Fort Payne, AL; 256-845-3150 |


OxyMed. 92 Main Street E, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-7002 | info

Vision Plus Eye Care. Dr. Martin L. Habel; 94 Church Street W, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-6386 |

Rainsville Drugs & Compounding Pharmacy. 503 Main Street W, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-2255 |

Independent Health Services, Inc (IHS). 504 McCurdy Ave S, Rainsville, AL: 256-638-1060 |

TheraSport Inc. 598 Main Street E, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-1150,

Decker Clinic. Dr. Timothy Decker, 511 Main Street W; Rainsville, AL; 256-638-1100 | info
Dr. Ricky G. Deerman. 83 George Wallace Dr W, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-1181 | info
Family First Medicine. 504 McCurdy Ave S, Suite 6, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-9161 | Facebook


Alfa Insurance - Agent Brad Bunch. 346 McCurdy Ave S; Rainsville, AL
256-638-4251 |

Farmers Insurance - The Wynn Agency. 53 Sam Ellis Dr, Suite E; Rainsville, AL
256-638-3302 |

Goggans Insurance. 363 Main Street W; Rainsville, AL
256-638-3218 |

Newsome Insurance. 183 McCurdy Ave N; Rainsville, AL
256-638-4141 | info

State Farm - Felicia Mitchell Agency. 380 Main Street East; Rainsville, AL
256-638-2178 |

Enjoy a small-town atmosphere without compromising any of the modern amenities or services. In fact, our telecommunications and other utilities are as good–or better–than any that you will find anywhere.

Abundant outdoor recreation opportunities in northeast Alabama mountain/lakes region.

Rainsville is within one hour of metro Huntsville and Chattanooga, and within two hours of Birmingham and Atlanta.

A variety of housing opportunities in tree-filled, established neighborhoods and new residential subdivisions are available.

Opportunities abound for finding a new home with a view of a pond, a creek, or a wooded area yet be within two or three miles of one of Sand Mountain's commercial hubs.

For most residents, Alabama has the lowest overall tax burden in the nation thanks to the low property tax. Rainsville excellent location is a great place to take advantage of this fact.

Our business community is home to three family physician practices, five dental care offices, two eye care offices, two home health/hospice companies, three chiropractors, three pharmacies, and a physical therapy facility. In addition, the regional hospital is only eight miles from the center of town.

Rainsville features a mild climate with four distinct seasons. The good people who call Rainsville home share a deep sense of pride in their neighborhoods, their churches, their schools and their families.

Visitors guide

A good number of people visit Rainsville for events such as rodeos, equestrian competitions, gospel singings, college plays, and youth sports. The custom Google maps will help you find venues, restaurants, and other points of interest.

Super 8 JPGSuper 8 Rainsville
46 Roy Sanderson Ave
Rainsville, AL
Phone 256-638-1640
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Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center
. 1571 McCurdy Ave N, Rainsville, AL; 256-638-4228 |
Northeast Alabama Community College
. 138 Alabama Highway 35 Rainsville, AL; 256-638-4418 |