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10 Biggest Cities in Alabama: How Well Do You Know the Heart of Dixie?

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:32 PM

Alabama’s geography is diverse, ranging from mountains to beaches, and it also boasts a number of large cities as well as small towns.

These are the 10 biggest cities in the state, based on population, according to Geo Names.

1. Birmingham (population 212,237), the largest city in Alabama, is also the government seat of Jefferson County.

The country’s oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field is located in Birmingham. The park opened in 1910, and legends such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lorenzo “Piper” Davis, Willie Mays, and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson have graced its field.

Ruffner Mountain, which is only 10 minutes from Birmingham, is the second largest urban nature preserve in the United States.

The city has also been named as the host of the 2021 World Games.

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2.
Montgomery (population 205,764) is the state capital, and is governed by a mayor-council form of government, with the mayor heading up the executive branch.

The city bird is the cardinal, while its flower is the rose and its tree is the magnolia.

3. Mobile (population 195,111) was settled by the French in 1702. It has the ninth largest port in the country, which is only 32 miles from the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Alabama Bay. It also deemed the rainiest city in the U.S., receiving more than five feet of rain each year.

4. Huntsville (population 180,105), nicknamed Rocket City, is located in the Tennessee River Valley and is frequently named as one of the best places to live in the region by various publications.

It is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as well as numerous high-tech and bioscience companies.

5. Tuscaloosa (population 90,468) was Alabama’s capital from 1826 to 1846, replacing the state capital of Cahawba, which served as the government seat from 1819 to 1826.

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6.
Hoover (population 81,619), was named in honor of William H. Hoover, owner of a local insurance company. It was incorporated in 1967.

The city was mainly a residential community until 1986, when the Riverchase Galleria shopping-hotel-office complex opened.

7. Dothan (population 65,496) is known as the “Peanut Capital of the World” because it grows more than half the peanuts produced in the country.

It is just 75 miles from the Florida Gulf Coast and is the Houston County seat.

8.
Decatur (population 55,683) is part of the metropolitan area of Huntsville.

The city was originally called Rhodes Ferry Landing after landowner Dr. Henry Rhodes. It was later named in honor of U.S. Commodore Stephen Decatur.

9. Auburn (population 53,380), a college town, is just 30 miles from the Georgia border in Lee County. In this city, average response to a 911 call is just four seconds.

10. Madison (population 42,938), formerly known as Madison Station. The city was incorporated as Madison in 1869.

On March 16, 1864, a Civil War battle was fought in the area, which is nine miles west of Huntsville.

All of these cities offer plenty of sights to see and activities to enjoy. Based on the number of people who reside in these cities, they are also a great place to live and work.

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