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Alabama : What you need to know

Both residents and tourists enjoy the warm climate in Alabama year round. The Yellowhammer State (named after its state bird) features outdoor amenities like four national forests, Natchez Trace Parkway and inland waterways. There are strong economic sectors in agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, mining and banking, and top universities include University of Alabama, Auburn University, Troy University and Tuskegee University.  The best places to live in Alabama include Montgomery, BirminghamMobile, Jasper, Prattville  and Huntsville .

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Quick Facts about AL

Population 4,830,620
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $43,623
Median Home Price $125,500
Median Property Tax $1,139
Median Rent $69

Employment Rate in AL

  Employed 94.1%
  Unemployed 5.9%

Race in AL

  Ethnicity White 68.8%
  Ethnicity Black 26.4%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.2%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 1.3%

Employment Rate in AL

  Employed 94.1%
  Unemployed 5.9%

Educational Levels in AL

  Bachelor's Degree 14.8%
  Associate's Degree 7.8%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 8.7%
  High School Graduate 31%
  Some College, No Degree 22%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 23.5%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 84.3%

Industry in AL

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.7%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 13.9%
Wholesale Trade 2.5%
Retail Trade 12%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.2%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.6%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.3%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 22.5%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.3%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.2%
Public Administration 5.7%

Housing in AL

  Homes Rent 68.7%
  Homes Owned 31.3%

Alabama Rankings

Best places to Live in Alabama

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Birmingham 212,211 $86,800 $31,061
Montgomery 202,967 $117,600 $42,927
Mobile 194,669 $120,100 $38,776
Huntsville 185,594 $162,800 $48,775
Tuscaloosa 94,865 $168,300 $39,351
Hoover 83,547 $264,200 $77,146
Dothan 67,708 $139,800 $42,426
Auburn 58,693 $220,000 $38,342
Decatur 55,598 $124,200 $41,496
Madison 45,590 $226,700 $92,960
Florence 39,855 $125,300 $35,731
Phenix City 36,639 $123,500 $36,698
Gadsden 36,455 $71,200 $29,136
Prattville 34,706 $150,000 $55,297
Vestavia Hills 34,116 $346,400 $84,854
Alabaster 31,905 $165,800 $71,816
Opelika 28,544 $153,500 $40,489
Enterprise 27,785 $169,300 $54,450
Bessemer 27,043 $88,100 $29,615
Homewood 25,535 $285,200 $61,626