Moving to Alabama

Alabama is home to 4.8 million people. The state is also known as the Heart of Dixie because of its location among the Southern states of the nation. The state capital is Montgomery with a population of nearly 400,000.
Birmingham is the state’s largest city and home to the nation’s oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field. Mobile Alabama is notably the rainiest city in the nation.
Alabama has a varied landscape that includes waterfalls, canyons, forests and beaches.
If you are moving to Alabama, expect hot weather, old fashioned southern hospitality, and deep roots through the nation’s history and culture.

Geography & Climate

Around 3 percent of the state is covered with water. Most of the land area of the state is composed of gentle plains that descend towards the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. The northern region of the state is made up of mountains, streams, lakes, rivers and creeks.
Temperatures are warmer in the southern part of the state with a closer proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. The northern regions are cooler, especially near the Appalachian Mountains.
If you are moving to Alabama you can expect very hot summers and mild winters. Moderate to heavy rainfall occurs throughout the year. Hurricanes and tropical storms occur each year.

Community & Lifestyle

Alabama has a long history heavily steeped in slavery, politics and civil rights. The reverberations of this history can still be felt in the culture today.
Overall, Alabama has a reputation for southern hospitality and its residents tend to be friendly and polite.
Many highly respected colleges and universities are located in Alabama including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and the University of South Alabama.
Southside is considered one of the best cities in Alabama for young families due to its beautiful riverside location, outdoor activities and and high ranking school system. Other notable cities in Alabama include Meridianville, Madison, Trussville, and Pelham.
Alabama offers many options for art and entertainment. Some of the state’s best museums include the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mobile Museum of Art. Another popular institution is the Fort Payne Opera House. The building has been utilized as a movie house, live theater, and a public forum since it first opened its doors in 1890.
Alabama also offers a lot of outdoor recreation options that include hiking, camping, boating, rock climbing, bird watching, biking, hunting, and fishing.
Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville are some of the best areas for nightlife and where you will find an assortment of pubs, lounges, clubs and taverns.
If Alabama is where you are planning to move, consider hiring professional movers. First, research your local moving companies and find a first class service. The best moving services will provide a free estimate and answer any questions you may have. Creating a moving checklist can help keep details organized and on track. Collect your moving boxes early and give yourself plenty of time to pack.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Alabama is 4.6% which is slightly above the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
The US Army is one of the state’s largest employers with the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, based in Montgomery. Other large employers in the state include the Huntsville Hospital System, BellSouth, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Housing prices are generally lower in Alabama than in most other states in the nation. Alabama has an overall lower cost of living when compared to the national average.


Moving to Alabama also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Cheaha State Park

The Cheaha Resort State Park is the highest point in Alabama. The mountaintop resort offers peaceful surroundings and magnificent views sprawled across 2,799 acres. Hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and rock climbing are all popular activities.

Rosenbaum House

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the Rosenbaum House is one of the only houses in the southeast that can be viewed by the public. It was built in 1939, and at the time measured 1,540 square feet. The house includes a unique use of glass which is said to blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors.

Birmingham Museum of Art

With more than 25,000 pieces in its collection, the Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the finest cultural institutions in the state. European, Asian, African, American, Native American, and Pre-Columbian are all represented.

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Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

High School or GED

Less than High School

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Cities in Alabama

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