Alabama 101

Alabama 101

An entry level guide to all about Alabama

Forget what you think you know about Alabama. We’re much more than just championship football and excellent food.

Alabama boasts a geography that spans all different sorts—one of the most varied in the nation, in fact. From mountains and valleys to beaches and riverbanks, there’s a wealth of natural beauty on display when you need to get away.

When it comes to cities, Alabama has 13 Metropolitan Statistical Areas that serve as home to prospering businesses, prestigious colleges and universities, award-winning hospitals, and a handful of wildly popular minor league baseball teams. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it in Alabama.

But it’s the people here that truly make our state a great one. As the 23rd-most populous state in the U.S., we’re proud that 20 million people from across the world visit our state every year. But our lifeblood is our citizens—a culturally diverse group that knows how to get the job done when it’s time to work and enjoys life to the fullest when it’s time to relax.

Population and Major Metropolitan Areas

  • Total population - 4,822,023
  • Birmingham Population - 1,136,650
  • Huntsville Population - 430,734
  • Mobile Population - 413,936
  • Montgomery Population - 377,149
  • Columbus, GA-AL Population - 310,531
  • Tuscaloosa Population - 233,389
  • Daphne-Fairhope-Foley Population - 190,790
  • Decatur Population - 154,233
  • Dothan Population - 147,620
  • Auburn-Opelika Population - 147,257
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals Population - 146,988
  • Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville Population - 117,296
  • Gadsden Population - 104,392

Geography

  • Total Area - 52,423 square miles
  • Highest point - 2,407 feet above sea level
  • 35,469 square miles of forest (71%)
  • 1,673 square miles of water
  • 53 miles of coastline
  • 1,300 miles of navigable waterways
  • Accessible minerals - limestone, salt, quartz, and iron ore

Accessibility

  • 6 Interstates - Totaling 1,126 miles
  • 4 Class I Railroads totaling more than 2,500 miles of rail
  • 90 Public Airports
  • 161 miles to Atlanta (from Montgomery)
  • 406 miles to Charlotte (from Montgomery)
  • 648 miles to Dallas (from Montgomery)
  • 19 U.S. Highways totaling 3,852.85 miles
  • 9th largest deepwater seaport in U.S.—Port of Mobile
  • 5 cargo airports
  • 282 miles to Nashville (from Montgomery)
  • 750 miles to Chicago (from Montgomery)
  • 815 miles to Detroit (from Montgomery)