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Downtown Huntsville, Alabama cropped
Huntsville, Alabama skyline

Located in the USA's lower southern tier Alabama is known as the "Heart of Dixie" which remains the state's unofficial nickname.

It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. The state was 22nd admitted to the Union in 1819, but seceded from the union in 1861 during the Civil War. Alabama was later readmitted to the union in 1868.

Following World War II, Alabama turned from an agricultural economy to more modern industry and is today heavily invested in manufacturing, mining, hi-tech, aerospace, health care, banking and education.

Today, with some of the lowest property taxes in the US, Alabama also ranks high in affordable housing. Average sale prices for homes are about 28 percent less than the national average.

Salary scales are also lower compared to the rest of the country although better opportunities still exist within the state for those looking for higher paying careers in the health, IT, and education fields.

Living among Alabamans (depending on what residents you happen to talk to), remains among the most traditional of Deep South experiences. However, most would agree that even in the larger cities Alabama exhibits an overall conservative Christian religious outlook that colors local politics, with a notable exception in more metropolitan Huntsville.

Quality-of-life statistics for Alabama

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Find a job: Alabama JobLink

Get a driver's license: Alabama Driver License FAQ

Start a business: Starting a Business in Alabama

Retire in Alabama: 10 Best Places to Retire in Alabama

Alabama demographics : (Alabama Census Data)
Major cities: Montgomery (capital), Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile
Population : 4,599,030
White : 3,153,627
Black, African American : 1,144,330
Hispanic : 99,040
High school graduates : 80%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.4%
In labor force : 2,149,804

Cost of living in Alabama: Average sale prices for homes are approximately 28 percent less than the national average. Electric rates in Alabama are also considerably lower than the national average, and among the lowest in the Southeast.

Alabama personal income taxes: Alabama levies a 2, 4, or 5 percent personal income tax, depending upon the amount earned and filing status. Taxpayers are not allowed to deduct their federal income tax from their Alabama state tax, but can deduct federal Social Security and Medicare taxes. Alabama's income tax on poor working families is among the nation's very highest. Alabama is the only state that levies income tax on a family of four with income as low as $4,600, or barely one-quarter of the federal poverty line.

Alabama housing & real estate overview: also see Zillow - Alabama Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 72.5%
Average home price: $285,000
Average travel time to work : 24 minutes

Alabama schools : Although with a reputation as having some of the worst outcomes of any K-12 education system in the US, Alabama schools vary widely depending on how they are managed and the tax base in which they are located. Overall, schools in the bigger cities and surrounding suburbs tend to perform better than those located in rural, poorer areas. Also see Alabama State Department of Education

Alabama mapsAlabama weather: As throughout the rest of the South, Alabama climate conditions include summers that are hot and humid and winters that are cool and mild. Alabama has a long growing season, with plentiful amounts of rain throughout the year. Driest month: October; wettest month: March.

Alabama crime rates : see Alabama Crime Statistics

also see -> Alabama eviction laws | Alabama taxes | Alabama travel

Alabama kids party locations | Christmas in Alabama

Greater Gulf State Fair | Alabama outlets


More about relocating to Alabama around the Web:

City Data - Alabama - Offering free registration for a busy online community of ideas & advice on the best places to live, where to find the best schools, jobs, cost of living information in Mobile, Birmingham, the Huntsville-Madison-Decatur area and other towns and cities throughout the state.

Alabama Economy at a Glance - Overview of major industry, employment & layoff statistics statewide with more detailed information on selected major cities including Birmingham - Hoover, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Advantage - Major portal to state, regional and community Web sites that provide information about relocating or retiring to Alabama.

Alabama Schools - guide to top K-12 schools searchable by city, zip code, school district.

Birmingham Business Alliance - A rich resource for community information, plus surf the left hand menu for more on newcomer information and cost of living stats.

also see Birmingham and vicinity-> Trussville | Hoover | Mountainbrook | Vestavia Hills

Resources for Moving to Huntsville AL - Atlas Van Lines offers a great beginner guide for newcomers including cost of living, education and weather data, community resources.

also see Huntsville and vicinity-> Decatur - Morgan County

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce - Relocate to Mobile- Education and healthcare facts, comparative cost of living chart, a guide to area attractions and event calendar.

also see Mobile and vicinity-> Daphne | Spanish Fort | Fairhope | Satsuma

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