Rich with history and full of excitement and innovation. We in Alabama are celebrating both our past and our future. We have 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.
Population & Major Metropolitan Areas
Alabama has 13 Metropolitan Statistical Areas that serve as home to prospering businesses, prestigious colleges and universities, nationally-renowned health centers and doctors, and an affordable housing market. There’s a reason why Alabama hospitality is legendary and our quality of life cannot be beaten.
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.
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.
- Total Area – 52,424 square miles
- Highest point – 2,407 feet above sea level (Mt. Cheaha)
- 35,469 square miles of forest (71%)
- 1,776 square miles of water
- 53 miles of coastline
- 1,350 miles of navigable waterways
- Accessible minerals – limestone, salt, quartz, and iron ore
Alabama sits at the heart of the fastest growing region in the United States. Comprised by a network of thousands of roads, plentiful airports, inland waterways, and proximity to the 9th largest seaport in the U.S., Alabama is as easy to access as it is a choice for businesses.
- 6 Interstates – Totaling 1,126 miles
- 4 Class 1 Railroads totaling more than 2,500 miles of rail
- 90 Public Airports
- 19 U.S. Highways totaling 3,852.85 miles
- 9th largest deepwater seaport in U.S.—Port of Mobile
- 5 cargo airports
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