Cordova is located at.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.9 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.84%) is water. Cordova is located in the rolling foothills of theAppalachian Mountains, near the banks of the Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River.
The city is served by three schools, all members of the Walker County Board of Education. Cordova Elementary School serves grades pre-K through fourth. Bankhead Middle School serves students in grades five through eight. The school is named for Senator John H. Bankhead, which was also the namesake of the previous high school that was located in the Benchfield community of the city. Cordova High School was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938 and the building served the city through the 2007 school year. The current facility was an estimated $14 million project that offers the students of Cordova High a state of the art education experience. The school serves students in grades nine through twelve, and is the proud home of a rich athletic tradition. The football program boast State Championships in 1963 (unofficially) 1995, and 2007. The softball team won three State titles in 1994, 1995, and 1997. The school has received honors in Cheer leading, Volleyball, Golf, and most recently Track and Field. The city is within fifty miles of the University of Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham, and within one hundred miles of the University of North Alabama. The city is within close proximity of several junior colleges.
The city has ten churches of multiple denominations within the 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of the city, as well five to ten churches situated just outside the city limits.