Introduction to Saraland, Alabama

Saraland, Alabama, in Mobile county, is 8 miles N of Mobile, Alabama (center to center) and 133 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Mobile area. There are 12,288 residents in Saraland.

Saraland History

The area now known as Saraland was once part of a Spanish land grant. It was given to Don Diego Alvarez. His descendants gave the community its first name, Alvarez Station. Later, it was named Cleveland Station. The city's present-day name was given by a retired minister and editor who moved to the south. Saraland's first post office was supposedly opened by him, and the area was named after his wife, Sara.

Saraland and nearby Attractions

  • Mobile Museum of Art
  • Phoenix Fire Museum
  • Bragg-Mitchell House
  • Lafitte Baptist Church
  • Amelia City Park
  • Norton Creek

Things To Do In Saraland

Saraland offers visitors easy access to a number of historical sites and museums including the Exploreum Science Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Fire Museum. While in the city, one can also visit the Mobile City Public Libraries and a few of the churches. There are many parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. The Sara Square Shopping Center and Saraland Civic Center are also worth visiting.

Saraland Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Mobile Regional Airport.

Saraland Higher Education

Bishop State Community College, University of South Alabama, James H Faulkner State Community College, and the University of South Alabama Baldwin are nearby.


Total Population 13,715
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,715
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $38,933
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,418
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,998


Median Family Income $62,308
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.6%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $129,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Saraland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Mobile, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 133 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Mobile
Metro Area Mobile
Standard Zip Codes 36571
Phone Area Codes 251
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.82
Longitude -88.07

Saraland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 66.2 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 56 to 77 F
Annual Precip 67.6 inches
Distance 38.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 55 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 67 inches

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Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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