Alabama

Alabama (i/ˌæləˈbæmə/) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. 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. Alabama is the 30th-most extensive and the 23rd-most populous of the 50 United States. At 1,300 miles (2,100 km), Alabama has one of the longest navigable inland waterways in the nation.

From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many Southern states, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature until the 1960s, while urban interests and African Americans were under-represented.

Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state transitioned from one primarily based on agriculture to one with diversified interests. The establishment or expansion of multiple United States Armed Forces installations added to the state economy and helped bridge the gap between an agricultural and industrial economy during the mid-20th century. The state economy in the 21st century is dependent on management, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.

Alabama is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie." The state tree is the Longleaf Pine, the state flower is the Camellia. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham. The largest city by total land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists.

Read more about Alabama:  Geography, Demographics, Economy

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Town - By Country - United States - Alabama
... In Alabama, the legal use of the terms "town" and "city" are based on population ... of 2,000 or more is a city, while less than 2,000 is a town (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 11-40-6). 8 includes all towns, plus cities with populations of less than 6,000 (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 11-40-12) ...
Gulf South Conference - Member Schools - Current Members
... Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Football? Alabama Huntsville !University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama 1969 Public 7,100 Chargers 1993 No Christian Brothers University ...

Famous quotes containing the word alabama:

    Oh! Susanna, do not cry for me;
    I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.
    Stephen Collins Foster (1826–1864)

    While over Alabama earth
    These words are gently spoken:
    Serve—and hate will die unborn.
    Love—and chains are broken.
    Langston Hughes (20th century)