This article is about the U.S. state.
For the river, see Alabama River.
For other uses, see Alabama (disambiguation).
|Before statehood||Alabama Territory|
|Admitted to the Union||December 14, 1819 (22nd)|
|Largest metro||Greater Birmingham|
|Governor||Kay Ivey (R)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Will Ainsworth (R)|
|Lower house||House of Representatives|
|Judiciary||Supreme Court of Alabama|
|U.S. senators||Richard Shelby (R)|
|U.S. House delegation||6 Republicans
1 Democrat (list)
|Total||52,419 sq mi (135,765 km)|
|Land||50,744 sq mi (131,426 km)|
|Water||1,675 sq mi (4,338 km) 3.2%|
|Length||330 mi (531 km)|
|Width||190 mi (305 km)|
|Elevation||500 ft (150 m)|
|Highest elevation (Mount Cheaha)||2,413 ft (735.5 m)|
|Lowest elevation (Gulf of Mexico)||0 ft (0 m)|
|Median household income||$48,123|
|Spoken language||As of 2010|
|Time zone||UTC−06:00 (Central)|
|Summer (DST)||UTC−05:00 (CDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||US-AL|
|Latitude||30°11' N to 35° N|
|Longitude||84°53' W to 88°28' W|
|Alabama state symbols|
|Amphibian||Red Hills salamander|
|Bird||Yellowhammer, wild turkey|
|Butterfly||Eastern tiger swallowtail|
|Fish||Largemouth bass, fighting tarpon Bluegill|
|Flower||Camellia, oak-leaf hydrangea|
|Horse breed||Racking horse|
|Mammal||American black bear|
|Reptile||Alabama red-bellied turtle|
|Beverage||Conecuh Ridge Whiskey|
|Food||Pecan, blackberry, peach|
|Gemstone||Star blue quartz|
|Slogan||Share The Wonder,
Alabama the beautiful, Where America finds its voice, Sweet Home Alabama
|State route marker|
With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.
Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the "Cotton State".
Alabama's capital is Montgomery.
Greater Birmingham is Alabama's largest urban economy, its most populous urban area, and its economic center.
Similar to other former slave states, Alabamian legislators employed Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise and otherwise discriminate against African Americans from the end of the Reconstruction Era up until at least the 1970s.
Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature from 1901 to the 1960s.
During this time, urban interests and African Americans were markedly under-represented.
The state's economy in the 21st century is based on management, automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.
The European-American naming of the Alabama River and state was derived from the Alabama people, a Muskogean-speaking tribe whose members lived just below the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers on the upper reaches of the river.
In the Alabama language, the word for a person of Alabama lineage is Albaamo (or variously Albaama or Albàamo in different dialects; the plural form is Albaamaha).
The suggestion that "Alabama" was borrowed from the Choctaw language is unlikely.
The word's spelling varies significantly among historical sources.
The first usage appears in three accounts of the Hernando de Soto expedition of 1540: Garcilaso de la Vega used Alibamo, while the Knight of Elvas and Rodrigo Ranjel wrote Alibamu and Limamu, respectively, in transliterations of the term.
As early as 1702, the French called the tribe the Alibamon, with French maps identifying the river as Rivière des Alibamons.
Other spellings of the name have included Alibamu, Alabamo, Albama, Alebamon, Alibama, Alibamou, Alabamu, Allibamou.
Sources disagree on the word's meaning.
Some scholars suggest the word comes from the Choctaw alba (meaning "plants" or "weeds") and amo (meaning "to cut", "to trim", or "to gather").
The meaning may have been "clearers of the thicket" or "herb gatherers", referring to clearing land for cultivation or collecting medicinal plants.
The state has numerous place names of Native American origin.
However, there are no correspondingly similar words in the Alabama language.
An 1842 article in the Jacksonville Republican proposed it meant "Here We Rest".
This notion was popularized in the 1850s through the writings of Alexander Beaufort Meek.
Experts in the Muskogean languages have not found any evidence to support such a translation.
Main article: History of Alabama
Indigenous peoples of varying cultures lived in the area for thousands of years before the advent of European colonization.
Contrary to popular belief, the SECC appears to have no direct links to Mesoamerican culture, but developed independently.
The Ceremonial Complex represents a major component of the religion of the Mississippian peoples; it is one of the primary means by which their religion is understood.
Among the historical tribes of Native American people living in present-day Alabama at the time of European contact were the Cherokee, an Iroquoian language people; and the Muskogean-speaking Alabama (Alibamu), Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Koasati.
While part of the same large language family, the Muskogee tribes developed distinct cultures and languages.
Main articles: New France, Louisiana (New France), French and Indian War, Treaty of Paris (1763), New Spain, Louisiana (New Spain), West Florida, Indian Reserve (1763), American Revolutionary War, Treaty of Paris (1783), Spanish West Florida, Seminole Wars, Adams–Onís Treaty, Republic of West Florida, and Mississippi Territory
With exploration in the 16th century, the Spanish were the first Europeans to reach Alabama.
More than 160 years later, the French founded the region's first European settlement at Old Mobile in 1702.
The city was moved to the current site of Mobile in 1711.
This area was claimed by the French from 1702 to 1763 as part of La Louisiane.
After the United States victory in the American Revolutionary War, the territory was divided between the United States and Spain.
The latter retained control of this western territory from 1783 until the surrender of the Spanish garrison at Mobile to U.S. forces on April 13, 1813.
Thomas Bassett, a loyalist to the British monarchy during the Revolutionary era, was one of the earliest white settlers in the state outside Mobile.
He settled in the Tombigbee District during the early 1770s.
The district's boundaries were roughly limited to the area within a few miles of the Tombigbee River and included portions of what is today southern Clarke County, northernmost Mobile County, and most of Washington County.
What is now the counties of Baldwin and Mobile became part of Spanish West Florida in 1783, part of the independent Republic of West Florida in 1810, and was finally added to the Mississippi Territory in 1812.
Most of what is now the northern two-thirds of Alabama was known as the Yazoo lands beginning during the British colonial period.
It was claimed by the Province of Georgia from 1767 onwards.
Following the Revolutionary War, it remained a part of Georgia, although heavily disputed.
With the exception of the area around Mobile and the Yazoo lands, what is now the lower one-third of Alabama was made part of the Mississippi Territory when it was organized in 1798.
The Yazoo lands were added to the territory in 1804, following the Yazoo land scandal.
Spain kept a claim on its former Spanish West Florida territory in what would become the coastal counties until the Adams–Onís Treaty officially ceded it to the United States in 1819.
Early 19th century
The United States Congress created the Alabama Territory on March 3, 1817.
Stephens, now abandoned, served as the territorial capital from 1817 to 1819.
Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state on December 14, 1819, with Congress selecting Huntsville as the site for the first Constitutional Convention.
From July 5 to August 2, 1819, delegates met to prepare the new state constitution.
Cahaba, now a ghost town, was the first permanent state capital from 1820 to 1825.
The Alabama Fever land rush was underway when the state was admitted to the Union, with settlers and land speculators pouring into the state to take advantage of fertile land suitable for cotton cultivation.
Part of the frontier in the 1820s and 1830s, its constitution provided for universal suffrage for white men.
The area also drew many poor, disfranchised people who became subsistence farmers.
Alabama had an estimated population of under 10,000 people in 1810, but it increased to more than 300,000 people by 1830.
From 1826 to 1846, Tuscaloosa served as Alabama's capital.
On January 30, 1846, the Alabama legislature announced it had voted to move the capital city from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery.
The first legislative session in the new capital met in December 1847.
The first structure burned down in 1849, but was rebuilt on the same site in 1851.
This second capitol building in Montgomery remains to the present day.
It was designed by Barachias Holt of Exeter, Maine.
Civil War and Reconstruction
By 1860, the population had increased to 964,201 people, of which nearly half, 435,080, were enslaved African Americans, and 2,690 were free people of color.
After remaining an independent republic for a few days, it joined the Confederate States of America.
The Confederacy's capital was initially at Montgomery.
Alabama was heavily involved in the American Civil War.
Although comparatively few battles were fought in the state, Alabama contributed about 120,000 soldiers to the war effort.
The company wore new uniforms with yellow trim on the sleeves, collar and coat tails.
This led to them being greeted with "Yellowhammer", and the name later was applied to all Alabama troops in the Confederate Army.
Alabama's slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment in 1865.
Alabama was under military rule from the end of the war in May 1865 until its official restoration to the Union in 1868.
From 1867 to 1874, with most white citizens barred temporarily from voting and freedmen enfranchised, many African Americans emerged as political leaders in the state.
Following the war, the state remained chiefly agricultural, with an economy tied to cotton.
Legislators funded numerous public road and railroad projects, although these were plagued with allegations of fraud and misappropriation.
Organized insurgent, resistance groups tried to suppress the freedmen and Republicans.
Reconstruction in Alabama ended in 1874, when the Democrats regained control of the legislature and governor's office through an election dominated by fraud and violence.
They wrote another constitution in 1875, and the legislature passed the Blaine Amendment, prohibiting public money from being used to finance religious-affiliated schools.
The same year, legislation was approved that called for racially segregated schools.
Railroad passenger cars were segregated in 1891.
After disenfranchising most African Americans and many poor whites in the 1901 constitution, the Alabama legislature passed more Jim Crow laws at the beginning of the 20th century to impose segregation in everyday life.
The new 1901 Constitution of Alabama included provisions for voter registration that effectively disenfranchised large portions of the population, including nearly all African Americans and Native Americans, and tens of thousands of poor whites, through making voter registration difficult, requiring a poll tax and literacy test.
The 1901 constitution required racial segregation of public schools.
By 1903 only 2,980 African Americans were registered in Alabama, although at least 74,000 were literate.
This compared to more than 181,000 African Americans eligible to vote in 1900.
The numbers dropped even more in later decades.
The state legislature passed additional racial segregation laws related to public facilities into the 1950s: jails were segregated in 1911; hospitals in 1915; toilets, hotels, and restaurants in 1928; and bus stop waiting rooms in 1945.
While the planter class had persuaded poor whites to vote for this legislative effort to suppress black voting, the new restrictions resulted in their disenfranchisement as well, due mostly to the imposition of a cumulative poll tax.
By 1941, whites constituted a slight majority of those disenfranchised by these laws: 600,000 whites vs. 520,000 African-Americans.
Nearly all African Americans had lost the ability to vote.
Despite numerous legal challenges which succeeded in overturning certain provisions, the state legislature would create new ones to maintain disenfranchisement.
The exclusion of blacks from the political system persisted until after passage of federal civil rights legislation in 1965 to enforce their constitutional rights as citizens.
The rural-dominated Alabama legislature consistently underfunded schools and services for the disenfranchised African Americans, but it did not relieve them of paying taxes.
In Alabama these schools were designed and the construction partially financed with Rosenwald funds, which paid one-third of the construction costs.
The fund required the local community and state to raise matching funds to pay the rest.
Black residents effectively taxed themselves twice, by raising additional monies to supply matching funds for such schools, which were built in many rural areas.
They often donated land and labor as well.
Beginning in 1913, the first 80 Rosenwald Schools were built in Alabama for African-American children.
A total of 387 schools, seven teachers' houses, and several vocational buildings were completed by 1937 in the state.
Continued racial discrimination and lynchings, agricultural depression, and the failure of the cotton crops due to boll weevil infestation led tens of thousands of African Americans from rural Alabama and other states to seek opportunities in northern and midwestern cities during the early decades of the 20th century as part of the Great Migration out of the South.
Reflecting this emigration, the population growth rate in Alabama (see "historical populations" table below) dropped by nearly half from 1910 to 1920.
At the same time, many rural people migrated to the city of Birmingham to work in new industrial jobs.
Birmingham experienced such rapid growth it was called the "Magic City".
By 1920, Birmingham was the 36th-largest city in the United States.
Heavy industry and mining were the basis of its economy.
Its residents were under-represented for decades in the state legislature, which refused to redistrict after each decennial census according to population changes, as it was required by the state constitution.
This did not change until the late 1960s following a lawsuit and court order.
Industrial development related to the demands of World War II brought a level of prosperity to the state not seen since before the civil war.
Rural workers poured into the largest cities in the state for better jobs and a higher standard of living.
One example of this massive influx of workers occurred in Mobile.
Between 1940 and 1943, more than 89,000 people moved into the city to work for war-related industries.
Cotton and other cash crops faded in importance as the state developed a manufacturing and service base.
Despite massive population changes in the state from 1901 to 1961, the rural-dominated legislature refused to reapportion House and Senate seats based on population, as required by the state constitution to follow the results of decennial censuses.
They held on to old representation to maintain political and economic power in agricultural areas.
One result was that Jefferson County, containing Birmingham's industrial and economic powerhouse, contributed more than one-third of all tax revenue to the state, but did not receive a proportional amount in services.
Urban interests were consistently underrepresented in the legislature.
A 1960 study noted that because of rural domination, "a minority of about 25% of the total state population is in majority control of the Alabama legislature."
In the United States Supreme Court cases of Baker v. Carr (1962) and Reynolds v. Sims (1964), the court ruled that the principle of "one man, one vote" needed to be the basis of both houses of state legislatures, and that their districts had to be based on population rather than geographic counties.
In 1972, for the first time since 1901, the legislature completed the congressional redistricting based on the decennial census.
This benefited the urban areas that had developed, as well as all in the population who had been underrepresented for more than sixty years.
Other changes were made to implement representative state house and senate districts.
African Americans continued to press in the 1950s and 1960s to end disenfranchisement and segregation in the state through the civil rights movement, including legal challenges.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that public schools had to be desegregated, but Alabama was slow to comply.
Legal segregation ended in the states in 1964, but Jim Crow customs often continued until specifically challenged in court.
According to The New York Times, by 2017, many of Alabama's African-Americans were living in Alabama's cities such as Birmingham and Montgomery.
Also, the Black Belt region across central Alabama "is home to largely poor counties that are predominantly African-American.
Alabama has made some changes since the late 20th century and has used new types of voting to increase representation.
At-large voting had diluted the votes of any minority in a county, as the majority tended to take all seats.
Despite African Americans making up a significant minority in the state, they had been unable to elect any representatives in most of the at-large jurisdictions.
This has resulted in more proportional representation for voters.
In another form of proportional representation, 23 jurisdictions use limited voting, as in Conecuh County.
In 1982, limited voting was first tested in Conecuh County.
Together use of these systems has increased the number of African Americans and women being elected to local offices, resulting in governments that are more representative of their citizens.
Main article: Geography of Alabama
Alabama is the thirtieth-largest state in the United States with 52,419 square miles (135,760 km) of total area: 3.2% of the area is water, making Alabama 23rd in the amount of surface water, also giving it the second-largest inland waterway system in the United States.
Alabama has coastline at the Gulf of Mexico, in the extreme southern edge of the state.
Alabama's land consists of 22 million acres (89,000 km) of forest or 67% of total land area.
Suburban Baldwin County, along the Gulf Coast, is the largest county in the state in both land area and water area.
Areas in Alabama administered by the National Park Service include Horseshoe Bend National Military Park near Alexander City; Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne; Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport; Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee; and Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site near Tuskegee.
Notable natural wonders include: the "Natural Bridge" rock, the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies, located just south of Haleyville; Cathedral Caverns in Marshall County, named for its cathedral-like appearance, features one of the largest cave entrances and stalagmites in the world; Ecor Rouge in Fairhope, the highest coastline point between Maine and Mexico; DeSoto Caverns in Childersburg, the first officially recorded cave in the United States; Noccalula Falls in Gadsden features a 90-foot waterfall; Dismals Canyon near Phil Campbell, home to two waterfalls, six natural bridges and allegedly served as a hideout for legendary outlaw Jesse James; Stephens Gap Cave in Jackson County boasts a 143-foot pit, two waterfalls and is one of the most photographed wild cave scenes in America; Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, one of the nation's longest mountaintop rivers; Rickwood Caverns near Warrior features an underground pool, blind cave fish and 260-million-year-old limestone formations; and the Walls of Jericho canyon on the Alabama-Tennessee state line.
A 5-mile (8 km)-wide meteorite impact crater is located in Elmore County, just north of Montgomery.
This is the Wetumpka crater, the site of "Alabama's greatest natural disaster".
A 1,000-foot (300 m)-wide meteorite hit the area about 80 million years ago.
The hills just east of downtown Wetumpka showcase the eroded remains of the impact crater that was blasted into the bedrock, with the area labeled the Wetumpka crater or astrobleme ("star-wound") because of the concentric rings of fractures and zones of shattered rock that can be found beneath the surface.
In 2002, Christian Koeberl with the Institute of Geochemistry University of Vienna published evidence and established the site as the 157th recognized impact crater on Earth.
Main article: Climate of Alabama
The average annual temperature is 64 °F (18 °C).
Temperatures tend to be warmer in the southern part of the state with its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, while the northern parts of the state, especially in the Appalachian Mountains in the northeast, tend to be slightly cooler.
Generally, Alabama has very hot summers and mild winters with copious precipitation throughout the year.
Alabama receives an average of 56 inches (1,400 mm) of rainfall annually and enjoys a lengthy growing season of up to 300 days in the southern part of the state.
Summers in Alabama are among the hottest in the U.S., with high temperatures averaging over 90 °F (32 °C) throughout the summer in some parts of the state.
Areas of the state far away from the Gulf are not immune to the effects of the storms, which often dump tremendous amounts of rain as they move inland and weaken.
South Alabama reports many thunderstorms.
The Gulf Coast, around Mobile Bay, averages between 70 and 80 days per year with thunder reported.
This activity decreases somewhat further north in the state, but even the far north of the state reports thunder on about 60 days per year.
Alabama ranks ninth in the number of deaths from lightning and tenth in the number of deaths from lightning strikes per capita.
Alabama, along with Oklahoma and Iowa, has the most confirmed F5 and EF5 tornadoes of any state, according to statistics from the National Climatic Data Center for the period January 1, 1950, to June 2013.
Several long-tracked F5/EF5 tornadoes have contributed to Alabama reporting more tornado fatalities since 1950 than any other state.
The 2011 Super Outbreak produced a record amount of tornadoes in the state.
The tally reached 62.
The peak season for tornadoes varies from the northern to southern parts of the state.
Alabama is one of the few places in the world that has a secondary tornado season in November and December besides the typically severe spring.
The northern part—along the Tennessee River Valley—is most vulnerable.
Winters are generally mild in Alabama, as they are throughout most of the Southeastern United States, with average January low temperatures around 40 °F (4 °C) in Mobile and around 32 °F (0 °C) in Birmingham.
Although snow is a rare event in much of Alabama, areas of the state north of Montgomery may receive a dusting of snow a few times every winter, with an occasional moderately heavy snowfall every few years.
The annual average snowfall for the Birmingham area is 2 inches (51 mm) per year.
In the southern Gulf coast, snowfall is less frequent, sometimes going several years without any snowfall.
Alabama's highest temperature of 112 °F (44 °C) was recorded on September 5, 1925, in the unincorporated community of Centerville.
The record low of −27 °F (−33 °C) occurred on January 30, 1966, in New Market.
|Monthly normal high and low temperatures for various Alabama cities [°F (°C)]|
|Month||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec||Year||HuntsvilleBirminghamMontgomeryMobileCities in Alabama|
Flora and fauna
Alabama is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna in habitats that range from the Tennessee Valley, Appalachian Plateau, and Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians of the north to the Piedmont, Canebrake, and Black Belt of the central region to the Gulf Coastal Plain and beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
The state is usually ranked among the top in nation for its range of overall biodiversity.
Alabama is in the subtropical coniferous forest biome and once boasted huge expanses of pine forest, which still form the largest proportion of forests in the state.
It currently ranks fifth in the nation for the diversity of its flora.
Indigenous animal species in the state include 62 mammal species, 93 reptile species, 73 amphibian species, roughly 307 native freshwater fish species, and 420 bird species that spend at least part of their year within the state.
113 of these mollusk species have never been collected outside the state.
Main article: Demographics of Alabama
This includes a natural increase since the last census of 121,054 (502,457 births minus 381,403 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 104,991 into the state.
Immigration from outside the U.S. resulted in a net increase of 31,180 people, and migration within the country produced a net gain of 73,811 people.
The state had 108,000 foreign-born (2.4% of the state population), of which an estimated 22.2% were undocumented (24,000).
According to the 2010 Census, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736.
The racial composition of the state was 68.5% White (67% Non-Hispanic White and 1.5% Hispanic White), 26.2% Black or African American, 3.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1.1% Asian, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2% from "Some Other Race", and 1.5% from "Two or More Races".
In 2011, 46.6% of Alabama's population younger than age 1 were minorities.
Those citing "American" ancestry in Alabama are generally of English or British ancestry; many Anglo-Americans identify as having American ancestry because their roots have been in North America for so long, in some cases since the 1600s.
Demographers estimate that 20–23% of people in Alabama are of predominantly English ancestry and the figure is likely higher.
In the 1980 census, 41% of the people in Alabama identified as being of English ancestry, making them the largest ethnic group at the time.
|Native Hawaiian and||—||—||0.1%|
|Two or more races||—||1%||1.5%|
Based on historic migration and settlement patterns in the southern colonies and states, demographers estimated there are more people in Alabama of Scots-Irish origins than self-reported.
Many people in Alabama claim Irish ancestry because of the term Scots-Irish but, based on historic immigration and settlement, their ancestors were more likely Protestant Scots-Irish coming from the northern province of Ulster, where they had been for a few generations as part of the English colonization.
The Scots-Irish were the largest non-English immigrant group from the British Isles before the American Revolution, and many settled in the South, later moving into the Deep South as it was developed.
In 1984, under the Davis–Strong Act, the state legislature established the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission.
Native American groups within the state had increasingly been demanding recognition as ethnic groups and seeking an end to discrimination.
Given the long history of slavery and associated racial segregation, the Native American peoples, who have sometimes been of mixed race, have insisted on having their cultural identification respected.
In the past, their self-identification was often overlooked as the state tried to impose a binary breakdown of society into white and black.
These are the following.
- Poarch Band of Creek Indians (who also have federal recognition)
- MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians
- Star Clan of Muscogee Creeks
- Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama
- Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama
- Cher-O-Creek Intra Tribal Indians
- Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe
- Piqua Shawnee Tribe
- Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation
The state government has promoted recognition of Native American contributions to the state, including the designation in 2000 for Columbus Day to be jointly celebrated as American Indian Heritage Day.
Census-designated and metropolitan areas
Main article: List of metropolitan areas of Alabama
|Rank||Combined statistical area||Population (2019 estimate)||Population (2010 Census)|
|Rank||Metropolitan area||Population (2019 estimate)||Population (2010 Census)|
Main article: List of cities and towns in Alabama
(2019 census estimates)
|2||Huntsville||200,574||Madison, Limestone, Morgan|
|7||Dothan||68,941||Houston, Dale, Henry|
|15||Vestavia Hills||34,413||Jefferson, Shelby|
Most Alabama residents (95.1% of those five and older) spoke only English at home in 2010, a minor decrease from 96.1% in 2000.
In the major Southern speech region, there is the decreasing loss of the final r, for example the "boyd" pronunciation of "bird".
In the northern third of the state, there is a South Midland "arm" and "barb" rhyming with "form" and "orb".
Unique words in Alabama English include: redworm (earthworm), peckerwood (woodpecker), snake doctor and snake feeder (dragonfly), tow sack (burlap bag), plum peach (clingstone), French harp (harmonica), and dog irons (andirons).
|Language||Percentage of population
(as of 2010)
|French (incl. Patois, Cajun)||0.3%|
|Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, African languages, Japanese, and Italian (tied)||0.1%|
In the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 86% of Alabama respondents reported their religion as Christian, including 6% Catholic, with 11% as having no religion.
The composition of other traditions is 0.5% Mormon, 0.5% Jewish, 0.5% Muslim, 0.5% Buddhist, and 0.5% Hindu.
|Affiliation||% of population|
|Nothing in particular||9||9|
|Other Non-Christian faiths||0.2||0.2|
|Don't know/refused answer||1||1|
Further information on Christianity in Alabama: History of Baptists in Alabama, List of Baptist churches in Alabama, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama
Alabama is located in the middle of the Bible Belt, a region of numerous Protestant Christians.
Alabama has been identified as one of the most religious states in the United States, with about 58% of the population attending church regularly.
A majority of people in the state identify as Evangelical Protestant.
In Alabama, the Southern Baptist Convention has the highest number of adherents with 1,380,121; this is followed by the United Methodist Church with 327,734 adherents, non-denominational Evangelical Protestant with 220,938 adherents, and the Catholic Church with 150,647 adherents.
Many Baptist and Methodist congregations became established in the Great Awakening of the early 19th century, when preachers proselytized across the South.
The Presbyterian churches, strongly associated with Scots-Irish immigrants of the 18th century and their descendants, had a combined membership around 75,000 (PCA—28,009 members in 108 congregations, PC(USA)—26,247 members in 147 congregations, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church—6,000 members in 59 congregations, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America—5,000 members and fifty congregations plus the EPC and Associate Reformed Presbyterians with 230 members and nine congregations).
In a 2007 survey, nearly 70% of respondents could name all four of the Christian Gospels.
Of those who indicated a religious preference, 59% said they possessed a "full understanding" of their faith and needed no further learning.
In a 2007 poll, 92% of Alabamians reported having at least some confidence in churches in the state.
Although in much smaller numbers, many other religious faiths are represented in the state as well, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, the Baháʼí Faith, and Unitarian Universalism.
Jews have been present in what is now Alabama since 1763, during the colonial era of Mobile, when Sephardic Jews immigrated from London.
The oldest Jewish congregation in the state is Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim in Mobile.
It was formally recognized by the state legislature on January 25, 1844.
Later immigrants in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries tended to be Ashkenazi Jews from eastern Europe.
Muslims have been increasing in Alabama, with 31 mosques built by 2011, many by African-American converts.
Several Hindu temples and cultural centers in the state have been founded by Indian immigrants and their descendants, the best-known being the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Birmingham, the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Birmingham in Pelham, the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama in Capshaw, and the Hindu Mandir and Cultural Center in Tuscaloosa.
Most monastic Buddhist temples are concentrated in southern Mobile County, near Bayou La Batre.
This area has attracted an influx of refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam during the 1970s and thereafter.
The four temples within a ten-mile radius of Bayou La Batre, include Chua Chanh Giac, Wat Buddharaksa, and Wat Lao Phoutthavihan.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in 2008 showed that obesity in Alabama is a problem, with most counties having more than 29% of adults obese, except for ten which had a rate between 26% and 29%.
Residents of the state, along with those in five other states, were least likely in the nation to be physically active during leisure time.
Alabama, and the southeastern U.S. in general, has one of the highest incidences of adult onset diabetes in the country, exceeding 10% of adults.
The law, if enacted, would punish doctors who perform abortions with 10 to 99 years imprisonment and be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.
However, on October 29, 2019, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson blocked the law from taking effect.
The state has invested in aerospace, education, health care, banking, and various heavy industries, including automobile manufacturing, mineral extraction, steel production and fabrication.
By 2006, crop and animal production in Alabama was valued at $1.5 billion.
In contrast to the primarily agricultural economy of the previous century, this was only about one percent of the state's gross domestic product.
The number of private farms has declined at a steady rate since the 1960s, as land has been sold to developers, timber companies, and large farming conglomerates.
Non-agricultural employment in 2008 was 121,800 in management occupations; 71,750 in business and financial operations; 36,790 in computer-related and mathematical occupation; 44,200 in architecture and engineering; 12,410 in life, physical, and social sciences; 32,260 in community and social services; 12,770 in legal occupations; 116,250 in education, training, and library services; 27,840 in art, design and media occupations; 121,110 in healthcare; 44,750 in fire fighting, law enforcement, and security; 154,040 in food preparation and serving; 76,650 in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; 53,230 in personal care and services; 244,510 in sales; 338,760 in office and administration support; 20,510 in farming, fishing, and forestry; 120,155 in construction and mining, gas, and oil extraction; 106,280 in installation, maintenance, and repair; 224,110 in production; and 167,160 in transportation and material moving.
Alabama's 2012 GDP increased 1.2% from the previous year.
The single largest increase came in the area of information.
In 2010, per capita income for the state was $22,984.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8% in April 2015.
This compared to a nationwide seasonally adjusted rate of 5.4%.
Alabama has no minimum wage and in February 2016 passed legislation preventing municipalities from setting one.
(A Birmingham city ordinance would have raised theirs to $10.10.)
As of 2018, Alabama has the sixth highest poverty rate among states in the U.S.
In 2017, United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston toured parts of rural Alabama and observed environmental conditions he said were poorer than anywhere he had seen in the developed world.
The five employers that employed the most employees in Alabama in April 2011 were:
|University of Alabama at Birmingham (includes UAB Hospital)||18,750|
|Maxwell Air Force Base||12,280|
|State of Alabama||9,500|
|Mobile County Public School System||8,100|
The next twenty largest employers, as of 2011, included:
|Anniston Army Depot||Anniston|
|Baptist Medical Center South||Montgomery|
|Birmingham City Schools||Birmingham|
|City of Birmingham||Birmingham|
|DCH Health System||Tuscaloosa|
|Huntsville City Schools||Huntsville|
|Huntsville Hospital System||Huntsville|
|Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama||Montgomery|
|Infirmary Health System||Mobile|
|Jefferson County Board of Education||Birmingham|
|Marshall Space Flight Center||Huntsville|
|Mercedes-Benz U.S. International||Vance|
|Montgomery Public Schools||Montgomery|
|Regions Financial Corporation||Multiple|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa|
|University of South Alabama||Mobile|
Alabama's industrial outputs include iron and steel products (including cast-iron and steel pipe); paper, lumber, and wood products; mining (mostly coal); plastic products; cars and trucks; and apparel.
A great deal of Alabama's economic growth since the 1990s has been due to the state's expanding automotive manufacturing industry.
Located in the state are Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, as well as their various suppliers.
Since 1993, the automobile industry has generated more than 67,800 new jobs in the state.
Alabama currently ranks 4th in the nation for vehicle exports.
Automakers accounted for approximately a third of the industrial expansion in the state in 2012.
The eight models produced at the state's auto factories totaled combined sales of 74,335 vehicles for 2012.
Steel have facilities in Alabama and employ more than 10,000 people.
ThyssenKrupp's stainless steel division, Inoxum, including the stainless portion of the Calvert plant, was sold to Finnish stainless steel company Outokumpu in 2012.
Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional submitted a combined bid for the mill at Calvert, plus a majority stake in the ThyssenKrupp mill in Brazil, for $3.8 billion.
In July 2013, the plant was sold to ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel.
The Hunt Refining Company, a subsidiary of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., is based in Tuscaloosa and operates a refinery there.
The company also operates terminals in Mobile, Melvin, and Moundville.
It has been in operation since 1929.
The plans include a $600 million factory at the Brookley Aeroplex for the assembly of the A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
Construction began in 2013, with plans for it to become operable by 2015 and produce up to 50 aircraft per year by 2017.
The assembly plant is the company's first factory to be built within the United States.
It was announced on February 1, 2013, that Airbus had hired Alabama-based Hoar Construction to oversee construction of the facility.
Tourism and entertainment
According to Business Insider, Alabama ranked 14th in most popular states to visit in 2014.
An estimated 26 million tourists visited the state in 2018, more than 100,000 of them from other countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.
In 2006, 22.3 million travellers spent $8.3 billion providing an estimated 162,000 jobs in the state.
The state is home to various attractions, natural features, parks and events that attract visitors from around the globe, notably the annual Hangout Music Festival, held on the public beaches of Gulf Shores; the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the ten largest Shakespeare festivals in the world; the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a collection of championship caliber golf courses distributed across the state; casinos such as Victoryland; amusement parks such as Alabama Splash Adventure; the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping centers in the southeast; Guntersville Lake, voted the best lake in Alabama by Southern Living Magazine readers; and the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the oldest museum in the state.
Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, beginning in 1703.
It was also host to the first formally organized Mardi Gras parade in the United States in 1830, a tradition that continues to this day.
In 2018, Mobile's Mardi Gras parade was the state's top event, producing the most tourists with an attendance of 892,811.
The top attraction was the U.S.
Of the parks and natural destinations, Alabama's Gulf Coast topped the list with 6,700,000 visitors.
Alabama has historically been a popular region for film shoots due to its diverse landscapes and contrast of environments.
UAB is the largest state government employer in Alabama, with a workforce of about 18,000.
A 2017 study found that Alabama had the least competitive health insurance market in the country, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama having a market share of 84% followed by UnitedHealth Group at 7%.
Birmingham-based Compass Banchshares was acquired by Spanish-based BBVA in September 2007 with the headquarters of BBVA USA remaining in Birmingham.
In November 2006, Regions Financial acquired AmSouth Bancorporation, which was also headquartered in Birmingham.
Wells Fargo has a regional headquarters, an operations center campus, and a $400 million data center in Birmingham.
Many smaller banks are also headquartered in the Birmingham area, including ServisFirst and New South Federal Savings Bank.
Birmingham also serves as the headquarters for several large investment management companies, including Harbert Management Corporation.
Electronics and communications
Harbert International, which all routinely are included in the Engineering News-Record lists of top design, international construction, and engineering firms.
Law and government
Main article: Government of Alabama
The foundational document for Alabama's government is the Alabama Constitution, which was ratified in 1901.
At almost 800 amendments and 310,000 words, it is by some accounts the world's longest constitution and is roughly forty times the length of the United States Constitution.
There has been a significant movement to rewrite and modernize Alabama's constitution.
Critics argue that Alabama's constitution maintains highly centralized power with the state legislature, leaving practically no power in local hands.
Most counties do not have home rule.
Any policy changes proposed in different areas of the state must be approved by the entire Alabama legislature and, frequently, by state referendum.
One criticism of the current constitution claims that its complexity and length intentionally codify segregation and racism.
Alabama's government is divided into three coequal branches.
The Legislature is responsible for writing, debating, passing, or defeating state legislation.
The Legislature has the power to override a gubernatorial veto by a simple majority (most state Legislatures require a two-thirds majority to override a veto).
Until 1964, the state elected state senators on a geographic basis by county, with one per county.
It had not redistricted congressional districts since passage of its constitution in 1901; as a result, urbanized areas were grossly underrepresented.
It had not changed legislative districts to reflect the decennial censuses, either.
In Reynolds v. Sims (1964), the U.S. Supreme Court implemented the principle of "one man, one vote", ruling that congressional districts had to be reapportioned based on censuses (as the state already included in its constitution but had not implemented.)
Further, the court ruled that both houses of bicameral state legislatures had to be apportioned by population, as there was no constitutional basis for states to have geographically based systems.
At that time, Alabama and many other states had to change their legislative districting, as many across the country had systems that underrepresented urban areas and districts.
This had caused decades of underinvestment in such areas.
For instance, Birmingham and Jefferson County taxes had supplied one-third of the state budget, but Jefferson County received only 1/67th of state services in funding.
Through the legislative delegations, the Alabama legislature kept control of county governments.
The executive branch is responsible for the execution and oversight of laws.
It is headed by the governor of Alabama.
Other members of executive branch include the cabinet, the lieutenant governor of Alabama, the Attorney General of Alabama, the Alabama Secretary of State, the Alabama State Treasurer, and the State Auditor of Alabama.
The members of the Legislature take office immediately after the November elections.
Statewide officials, such as the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and other constitutional officers, take office the following January.
Alabama uses partisan elections to select judges.
Since the 1980s judicial campaigns have become increasingly politicized.
All sitting justices on the Alabama Supreme Court are members of the Republican Party.
There are two intermediate appellate courts, the Court of Civil Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals, and four trial courts: the circuit court (trial court of general jurisdiction), and the district, probate, and municipal courts.
Some critics believe the election of judges has contributed to an exceedingly high rate of executions.
Alabama has the highest per capita death penalty rate in the country.
In some years, it imposes more death sentences than does Texas, a state which has a population five times larger.
However, executions per capita are significantly higher in Texas.
Some of its cases have been highly controversial; the Supreme Court has overturned 24 convictions in death penalty cases.
It was the only state to allow judges to override jury decisions in whether or not to use a death sentence; in 10 cases judges overturned sentences of life imprisonment without parole (LWOP) that were voted unanimously by juries.
This judicial authority was removed in April 2017.
Taxes are collected by the Alabama Department of Revenue.
Alabama levies a 2, 4, or 5 percent personal income tax, depending on the amount earned and filing status.
Taxpayers are allowed to deduct their federal income tax from their Alabama state tax, even if taking the standard deduction; those who itemize can also deduct FICA (the Social Security and Medicare tax).
The state's general sales tax rate is 4%.
Sales tax rates for cities and counties are also added to purchases.
For example, the total sales tax rate in Mobile is 10% and there is an additional restaurant tax of 1%, which means a diner in Mobile would pay an 11% tax on a meal.
As of 1999, sales and excise taxes in Alabama account for 51% of all state and local revenue, compared with an average of about 36% nationwide.
Alabama is one of seven states that levy a tax on food at the same rate as other goods, and one of two states (the other being neighboring Mississippi) which fully taxes groceries without any offsetting relief for low-income families.
(Most states exempt groceries from sales tax or apply a lower tax rate.)
Alabama's income tax on poor working families is among the highest in the U.S. Alabama is the only state that levies income tax on a family of four with income as low as $4,600, which is barely one-quarter the federal poverty line.
Alabama's threshold is the lowest among the 41 states and the District of Columbia with income taxes.
The corporate income tax rate is currently 6.5%.
The overall federal, state, and local tax burden in Alabama ranks the state as the second least tax-burdened state in the country.
Property taxes are the lowest in the U.S.
The current state constitution requires a voter referendum to raise property taxes.
Since Alabama's tax structure largely depends on consumer spending, it is subject to high variable budget structure.
For example, in 2003, Alabama had an annual budget deficit as high as $670 million.
County and local governments
See also: List of counties in Alabama
Alabama has 67 counties.
Each county has its own elected legislative branch, usually called the county commission.
It also has limited executive authority in the county.
Because of the constraints of the Alabama Constitution, which centralizes power in the state legislature, only seven counties (Jefferson, Lee, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Shelby, and Tuscaloosa) in the state have limited home rule.
Instead, most counties in the state must lobby the Local Legislation Committee of the state legislature to get simple local policies approved, ranging from waste disposal to land use zoning.
The state legislature has retained power over local governments by refusing to pass a constitutional amendment establishing home rule for counties, as recommended by the 1973 Alabama Constitutional Commission.
Legislative delegations retain certain powers over each county.
United States Supreme Court decisions in Baker v. Carr (1964) required that both houses have districts established on the basis of population, and redistricted after each census, to implement the principle of "one man, one vote".
Before that, each county was represented by one state senator, leading to under-representation in the state senate for more urbanized, populous counties.
The rural bias of the state legislature, which had also failed to redistrict seats in the state house, affected politics well into the 20th century, failing to recognize the rise of industrial cities and urbanized areas.
"The lack of home rule for counties in Alabama has resulted in the proliferation of local legislation permitting counties to do things not authorized by the state constitution.
Alabama's constitution has been amended more than 700 times, and almost one-third of the amendments are local in nature, applying to only one county or city.
A significant part of each legislative session is spent on local legislation, taking away time and attention of legislators from issues of statewide importance."
Alabama is an alcoholic beverage control state, meaning the state government holds a monopoly on the sale of alcohol.
The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board controls the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the state.
A total of 25 of the 67 counties are "dry counties" which ban the sale of alcohol, and there are many dry municipalities in counties which permit alcohol sales.
In 1874, the political coalition of white Democrats known as the Redeemers took control of the state government from the Republicans, in part by suppressing the black vote through violence, fraud and intimidation.
After 1890, a coalition of White Democratic politicians passed laws to segregate and disenfranchise African American residents, a process completed in provisions of the 1901 constitution.
Provisions which disenfranchised blacks resulted in excluding many poor Whites.
By 1941 more Whites than Blacks had been disenfranchised: 600,000 to 520,000.
The total effects were greater on the black community, as almost all its citizens were disfranchised and relegated to separate and unequal treatment under the law.
From 1901 through the 1960s, the state did not redraw election districts as population grew and shifted within the state during urbanization and industrialization of certain areas.
As counties were the basis of election districts, the result was a rural minority that dominated state politics through nearly three-quarters of the century, until a series of federal court cases required redistricting in 1972 to meet equal representation.
Alabama state politics gained nationwide and international attention in the 1950s and 1960s during the civil rights movement, when whites bureaucratically, and at times violently, resisted protests for electoral and social reform.
Governor George Wallace, the state's only four-term governor, was a controversial figure who vowed to maintain segregation.
In many jurisdictions, they continued to be excluded from representation by at-large electoral systems, which allowed the majority of the population to dominate elections.
Some changes at the county level have occurred following court challenges to establish single-member districts that enable a more diverse representation among county boards.
In 2010, Republicans won control of both houses of the legislature for the first time in 136 years.
As of December 2017, there are a total of 3,326,812 registered voters, with 2,979,576 active, and the others inactive in the state.
Main article: Elections in Alabama
With the disfranchisement of Blacks in 1901, the state became part of the "Solid South", a system in which the Democratic Party operated as effectively the only viable political party in every Southern state.
Since the mid- to late 20th century, however, white conservatives started shifting to the Republican Party.
In Alabama, majority-white districts are now expected to regularly elect Republican candidates to federal, state and local office.
Members of the nine seats on the Supreme Court of Alabama and all ten seats on the state appellate courts are elected to office.
Until 1994, no Republicans held any of the court seats.
Hornsby sued Alabama and defiantly remained in office for nearly a year before finally giving up the seat after losing in court.
This ultimately led to a collapse of support for Democrats at the ballot box in the next three or four election cycles.
The Democrats lost the last of the nineteen court seats in August 2011 with the resignation of the last Democrat on the bench.
In the early 21st century, Republicans hold all seven of the statewide elected executive branch offices.
Republicans hold six of the eight elected seats on the Alabama State Board of Education.
In 2010, Republicans took large majorities of both chambers of the state legislature, giving them control of that body for the first time in 136 years.
The last remaining statewide Democrat, who served on the Alabama Public Service Commission was defeated in 2012.
Only three Republican lieutenant governors have been elected since the end of Reconstruction, when Republicans generally represented Reconstruction government, including the newly emancipated freedmen who had gained the franchise.
Many local offices (county commissioners, boards of education, tax assessors, tax collectors, etc.) in the state are still held by Democrats.
Many rural counties have voters who are majority Democrats, resulting in local elections being decided in the Democratic primary.
Similarly many metropolitan and suburban counties are majority-Republican and elections are effectively decided in the Republican Primary, although there are exceptions.
Alabama's 67 county sheriffs are elected in partisan, at-large races, and Democrats still retain the narrow majority of those posts.
However, most of the Democratic sheriffs preside over rural and less populated counties.
The majority of Republican sheriffs have been elected in the more urban/suburban and heavily populated counties.
As of 2015, the state of Alabama has one female sheriff, in Morgan County, Alabama, and ten African-American sheriffs.
The state's two U.S.
Shelby was originally elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 1986 and re-elected in 1992, but switched parties immediately following the November 1994 general election.
In the U.S.
House of Representatives, the state is represented by seven members, six of whom are Republicans: (Bradley Byrne, Mike D. Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Morris J. Brooks, Martha Roby, and Gary Palmer) and one Democrat: Terri Sewell who represents the Black Belt as well as most of the predominantly black portions of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.
Main article: Education in Alabama
Primary and secondary education
Public primary and secondary education in Alabama is under the purview of the Alabama State Board of Education as well as local oversight by 67 county school boards and 60 city boards of education.
Together, 1,496 individual schools provide education for 744,637 elementary and secondary students.
Public school funding is appropriated through the Alabama Legislature through the Education Trust Fund.
In FY 2006–2007, Alabama appropriated $3,775,163,578 for primary and secondary education.
That represented an increase of $444,736,387 over the previous fiscal year.
In 2007, more than 82 percent of schools made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward student proficiency under the National No Child Left Behind law, using measures determined by the state of Alabama.
While Alabama's public education system has improved in recent decades, it lags behind in achievement compared to other states.
The largest educational gains were among people with some college education but without degrees.
Generally prohibited in the West at large, school corporal punishment is not unusual in Alabama, with 27,260 public school students paddled at least one time, according to government data for the 2011–2012 school year.
The rate of school corporal punishment in Alabama is surpassed by only Mississippi and Arkansas.
Colleges and universities
Main article: List of colleges and universities in Alabama
Alabama's programs of higher education include 14 four-year public universities, two-year community colleges, and 17 private, undergraduate and graduate universities.
In the state are four medical schools (as of fall 2015) (University of Alabama School of Medicine, University of South Alabama and Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn Campus), two veterinary colleges (Auburn University and Tuskegee University), a dental school (University of Alabama School of Dentistry), an optometry college (University of Alabama at Birmingham), two pharmacy schools (Auburn University and Samford University), and five law schools (University of Alabama School of Law, Birmingham School of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Miles Law School, and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law).
Colleges and universities in Alabama offer degree programs from two-year associate degrees to a multitude of doctoral level programs.
Troy University was the largest institution in the state in 2010, with an enrollment of 29,689 students across four Alabama campuses (Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City), as well as sixty learning sites in seventeen other states and eleven other countries.
Accreditation of academic programs is through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as well as other subject-focused national and international accreditation agencies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Council on Occupational Education (COE), and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
According to the 2011 U.S.
News & World Report, Alabama had three universities ranked in the top 100 Public Schools in America (University of Alabama at 31, Auburn University at 36, and University of Alabama at Birmingham at 73).
According to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report, Alabama had four tier one universities (University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama in Huntsville).
Major television network affiliates in Alabama include:
Main article: Alabama literature
In the 2013 season, Alabama averaged over 100,000 fans per game and Auburn averaged over 80,000—both numbers among the top twenty in the nation.
Bryant–Denny Stadium is the home of the Alabama football team, and has a seating capacity of 101,821, and is the fifth largest stadium in America.
Jordan-Hare Stadium is the home field of the Auburn football team and seats up to 87,451.
It seats 71,594.
Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile is the home of the University of South Alabama football team, and serves as the home of the NCAA Senior Bowl, Dollar General Bowl (formerly GoDaddy.com Bowl), and Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic; the stadium seats 40,646.
In 2009, Bryant–Denny Stadium and Jordan-Hare Stadium became the homes of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state football championship games, after previously being held at Legion Field in Birmingham.
Main article: List of professional sports teams in Alabama
Alabama has several professional and semi-professional sports teams, including three minor league baseball teams.
|AFC Mobile||Mobile||Soccer||Gulf Coast Premier League||Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex|
|Birmingham Bulls||Pelham||Ice Hockey||Southern Professional Hockey League||Pelham Civic Center|
|Birmingham Legion FC||Birmingham||Soccer||USL Championship||BBVA Compass Field|
|Birmingham Barons||Birmingham||Baseball||Southern League||Regions Field|
|Huntsville Havoc||Huntsville||Ice Hockey||Southern Professional Hockey League||Von Braun Center|
|Montgomery Biscuits||Montgomery||Baseball||Southern League||Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium|
|Rocket City Trash Pandas||Madison||Baseball||Southern League||Toyota Field|
|Tennessee Valley Tigers||Huntsville||Football||Independent Women's Football League||Milton Frank Stadium|
It has a seating capacity of 143,000 and is the thirteenth largest stadium in the world and sixth largest stadium in America.
Alabama has hosted several professional golf tournaments, such as the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek, the Barbasol Championship (PGA Tour), the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions, Airbus LPGA Classic, and Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (LPGA Tour), and The Tradition (Champions Tour).
Main article: Transportation in Alabama
Main article: Aviation in Alabama
Major airports with sustained operations in Alabama include Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Huntsville International Airport (HSV), Dothan Regional Airport (DHN), Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), Northwest Alabama Regional Airport (MSL) and Northeast Alabama Regional Airport (GAD).
Alabama has six major interstate routes: Interstate 65 (I-65) travels north–south roughly through the middle of the state; I-20/I-59 travel from the central west Mississippi state line to Birmingham, where I-59 continues to the north-east corner of the state and I-20 continues east towards Atlanta; I-85 originates in Montgomery and travels east-northeast to the Georgia state line, providing a main thoroughfare to Atlanta; and I-10 traverses the southernmost portion of the state, traveling from west to east through Mobile.
A sixth route, I-685, will be formed when I-85 is rerouted along a new southern bypass of Montgomery.
A proposed northern bypass of Birmingham will be designated as I-422.
Since a direct connection from I-22 to I-422 will not be possible, I-222 has been proposed, as well.
There are four toll roads in the state: Montgomery Expressway in Montgomery; Northport/Tuscaloosa Western Bypass in Tuscaloosa and Northport; Emerald Mountain Expressway in Wetumpka; and Beach Express in Orange Beach.
The Port of Mobile was ranked 12th by tons of traffic in the United States during 2009.
The newly expanded container terminal at the Port of Mobile was ranked as the 25th busiest for container traffic in the nation during 2011.
The state's other ports are on rivers with access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Water ports of Alabama, listed from north to south:
|Port name||Location||Connected to|
|Port of Florence||Florence/Muscle Shoals, on Pickwick Lake||Tennessee River|
|Port of Decatur||Decatur, on Wheeler Lake||Tennessee River|
|Port of Guntersville||Guntersville, on Lake Guntersville||Tennessee River|
|Port of Birmingham||Birmingham, on Black Warrior River||Tenn-Tom Waterway|
|Port of Tuscaloosa||Tuscaloosa, on Black Warrior River||Tenn-Tom Waterway|
|Port of Montgomery||Montgomery, on Woodruff Lake||Alabama River|
|Port of Mobile||Mobile, on Mobile Bay||Gulf of Mexico|
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