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Overview

Introduction to Mobile, Alabama

The Alabama port city of Mobile, county seat of Mobile County, is situated along the shores of Mobile Bay in the southwestern corner of the state. The only saltwater port in Alabama, Mobile is located only 30 miles from the Mississippi border (to the west) and 40 miles from the Florida border (to the east). The city is serviced by Interstate Highways I-10 and I-65 and also by U.S. Routes 43, 45, 90, and 98.

Founded in 1702, Mobile had several flags flying over its soil during its history. Originally the capital of French Louisiana, Mobile came under British rule in 1763 until it was captured by the Spanish in 1780 during the American Revolution. During the war of 1812, Mobile was seized by the United States and was incorporated as a city in 1819. For almost the next half-century, Mobile prospered as one of the largest international seaports on the Gulf Coast, specializing in the shipment of cotton. Part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Mobile came under a blockade instituted by Union Naval forces headed by Admiral David Farragut. One of the war's most significant naval battles, the Battle of Mobile Bay, resulted in an 1864 Union victory. After the war, ship-building became a significant industry in the city and many years later (post-World War II) was replaced by the pulp and paper industries as principal economic drivers for the city. In more recent years, the petroleum, chemical, aerospace and maritime industries, along with tourism, have achieved dominant roles in the city's economy.

Mobile's name is believed to have originated as a derivation of the name of a local Indian tribe (the Maubilla Indians). The city is often referred to as the "Azalea Capital of the World," with more than 50 varieties of the flower on display. Mobile also retains the distinction of being the original home of the Mardi Gras in this country. Instituted in 1704, sixty-two years before New Orleans adopted the celebration, the "America's Family Mardi Gras" is still celebrated today as a two-week long yearly festival culminating on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. Mobile is also the host site of the America's Junior Miss Pageant, held annually in July.

Mobile Area Attractions

Mobile is rich in museums. The Oakleigh Period House Museum and Historic Complex is a 3 1/2 acre landscaped complex consisting of Oakleigh, the city's official ante-bellum period house museum, and the Cox-Deasy Creole House Museum, built around 1850. The Museum of Mobile houses numerous innovative exhibits chronicling life in early Mobile. The Mobile Museum of Art is one of the largest of its kind along the Gulf Coast. Battleship Memorial Park is home to the USS Alabama, which is permanently moored there. Also within the city are the Gulf Coast Exploreum, a regional science center with interactive exhibits, and the National African-American Archives and Museum.

Mobile is also abundant in venues for the performing arts. The historic Saenger Theatre Performing Arts Center serves as a multi-faceted arts site and home of many concerts, lectures, and special events. The Mobile Opera, founded in 1946, is Alabama's oldest performing arts organization. The Mobile Ballet, which originated from the merger of two local ballet companies in 1987, presents several productions annually. The Mobile Symphony is the top producer of live symphonic music in the Gulf Coast region.

Sports fans have plenty to look forward to in Mobile. Every January, collegiate football takes center stage when Ladd-Peebles Stadium hosts the legendary battle between the North and South in the annual Senior Bowl. Also held in Mobile is the GMAC Bowl, where the champions from the Mid-American Conference face the Conference USA runners-up. Another of Mobile's premiere annual sporting events is the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tournament of Champions, held at the city's Magnolia Grove golf course. The city also offers minor league baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears. The BayBears play in the Southern League and are the Class Double-A minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other minor league franchises in Mobile include the South Alabama Bounce, a basketball team which plays in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Port City Monarchs, a football team playing in the North American Football League (NAFL).

A sports-related measure of distinction for Mobile is the fact that four members of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame were born in Mobile: Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige and Ozzie Smith. A fifth Hall-of-Famer, Billy Williams, was born in Mobile County in the nearby community of Whistler.

Demographics

People

Total Population193,717
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+79,993
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married36.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,229
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,761
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,560

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,074
% Above Poverty Level76.9%
% Below Poverty Level23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$783
Median House Value$119,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.4%
Irish6.9%
German6.4%
English6.2%
French Except Basque2.6%
Scottish1.7%
Italian1.7%
African0.9%
Arab0.7%
Greek0.5%
Polish0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Russian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Czech0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Mobile Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mobile County
Standard Zip Codes36602, 36603, 36604, 36605, 36606, 36607, 36608, 36609, 36618, 36693, 36695, 36611, 36612, 36617, 36619, 36610, 36615, 36613
P.O. Box Zip Codes36601, 36616, 36633, 36640, 36641, 36652, 36660, 36663, 36670, 36671, 36685, 36689, 36691
Company Zip Codes36625, 36628, 36630, 36644, 36675, 36688
Phone Area Codes251
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.68
Approximate Longitude-88.04

Mobile Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMOBILE RGNL AP
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp40 to 61 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip66.2 inches
StationFAIRHOPE 2 NE
Distance13.8 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 90 F
Oct Temp57 to 79 F
Annual Precip67.7 inches
StationBAY MINETTE
Distance20.2 miles
Jan Temp38 to 59 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp56 to 77 F
Annual Precip67.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chickasaw5,955$30,114
Daphne24,295$78,797
Prichard22,340$30,967
Saraland13,778$66,497
Satsuma6,159$79,148
Spanish Fort7,825$102,188

Mobile Public Libraries

Mobile Public Library
701 GOVERNMENT STREET
Mobile, Alabama
(251) 208-7073

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Mobile Hospitals

Baypointe Behavioral Health
(Proprietary)
5800 Southland Drive
(251) 450-5901
Infirmary Ltac Hospital
(Non-profit)
5 Mobile Infirmary Circle
(251) 435-5822
University Of South Alabama Children's And Women's Hospital
(Government - State)
1700 Center Street
(251) 415-1000
University Of South Alabama Medical Center
(Government - State)
2451 Fillingim Street
(251) 471-7110
Providence Hospital
(Non-profit)
6801 Airport Boulevard
(251) 633-1000
Springhill Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
3719 Dauphin Street
(251) 460-5220

Mobile Public Schools

Calloway Smith Middle Sch
350 N Lawrence St
ZIP: 36603
Middle
Total Enrollment 718
Dunbar Creative Performing Arts
500 Saint Anthony St
ZIP: 36603
Middle
Total Enrollment 550
Florence Howard Elem Sch
957 Dr Martin L King Jr Ave
ZIP: 36603
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
W H Council Traditional Sch
751 Wilkinson St
ZIP: 36603
Primary
Total Enrollment 703
Leinkauf Elem Sch
1410 Monroe St
ZIP: 36604
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Ben C Rain High Sch
3125 Dauphin Island Pkwy
ZIP: 36605
High
Total Enrollment 775
Dr. Robert W. Gilliard Elem
2757 Dauphin Island Parkway
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 780
Erwin Craighead Elem Sch
1000 South Ann St
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Evening Educational Options
2051 Military Road
ZIP: 36605
High
Total Enrollment 70
George Hall Elem Sch
1108 Antwerp St
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Hollingers Island Elem Sch
2400 Hammock Rd
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Lillie B Williamson High Sch
1567 E Dublin St
ZIP: 36605
High
Total Enrollment 596
Mae Eanes Middle Sch
1901 Hurtel St
ZIP: 36605
Middle
Total Enrollment 311
Maryvale Elem Sch
1901 N Maryvale St
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Morningside Elem Sch
2700 Greenbrier Dr South
ZIP: 36605
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Pillans Middle Sch
2051 Military Rd
ZIP: 36605
Middle
Total Enrollment 549
Eichold-mertz Elem Sch
2815 Government Blvd
ZIP: 36606
Mcpss Magnet School Of Math, Science And
2815 Government Street
ZIP: 36606
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Murphy High Sch
100 S Carlen St
ZIP: 36606
High
Total Enrollment 2252
Westlawn Elem Sch
3071 Ralston Rd
ZIP: 36606
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
Mobile Co Alt Sch
100 N Florida St
ZIP: 36607
Middle
Total Enrollment 87
Old Shell Creative Performing Art
3160 Heather St
ZIP: 36607
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Phillips Preparatory Middle Sch
3255 Old Shell Rd
ZIP: 36607
Middle
Total Enrollment 896
Spencer Elem
3160 Heather St
ZIP: 36607
Ucp Of Mobile Inc
3058 Dauphin Square Connector
ZIP: 36607
Primary
Augusta Evans Sch
6301 Biloxi Ave
ZIP: 36608
Other
Total Enrollment 294
Baker High Sch
8901 Airport Blvd
ZIP: 36608
High
Total Enrollment 2673
Elsie Collier Elem Sch
601 Snow Road North
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Er Dickson Elem Sch
4645 Bit And Spur Rd
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 909
Goodwill Easter Seal Ctr Spec Child
10 Westminster Way
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 14
Jeremiah A Denton Middle Sch
3800 Pleasant Valley
ZIP: 36608
Middle
Total Enrollment 592
John S Shaw High Sch
5960 Arlberg St
ZIP: 36608
John Will Elem Sch
5750 Summit Ave
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
K J Clark Middle Sch
5960 Arlberg Street
ZIP: 36608
Middle
Total Enrollment 820
Mary B Austin Elem Sch
150 Provident Ln
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Taylor White Elementary School
476 Eliza Jordan Road N
ZIP: 36608
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Wilmer Hall
3811 Old Shell Road
ZIP: 36608
Drop Back In Acad
4321 Midmost Drive
ZIP: 36609
Elizabeth Fonde Elem Sch
3956 Cottage Hill Rd
ZIP: 36609
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
Wp Davidson High Sch
3900 Pleasant Valley Rd
ZIP: 36609
High
Total Enrollment 1523
Mobile Co Training Middle Sch
800 Whitley St
ZIP: 36610
Middle
Total Enrollment 245
Booker T Washington Middle Sch
1961 Andrews St
ZIP: 36617
Middle
Total Enrollment 258
Continuous Learning Ctr
1870 Pleasant Ave
ZIP: 36617
Other
Total Enrollment 43
Elizabeth S Chastang Middle Sch
2800 Berkley Avenue
ZIP: 36617
Middle
Total Enrollment 334
Holloway Elem
625 Stanton Rd
ZIP: 36617
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
John L Leflore Preparatory Acad
700 Donald St
ZIP: 36617
High
Total Enrollment 923
Just 4 Dev Laboratory
2263 St Stephens Rd
ZIP: 36617
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Mobile Assoc Retarded Citizens
2424 Gordon Smith Dr
ZIP: 36617
Pointe Acad
1874 Pleasant Avenue
ZIP: 36617
Pointe Academy
461 Donald Street
ZIP: 36617
William Henry Brazier Elem Sch
2161 Butler St
ZIP: 36617
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Cl Scarborough Middle Sch
1800 Phillips Ln
ZIP: 36618
Middle
Total Enrollment 417
Early Childhood Directions
975 W I-65 Service Rd N
ZIP: 36618
Forest Hill Elem Sch
4501 Moffett Rd
ZIP: 36618
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Orchard Elem Sch
6400 Howells Ferry Rd
ZIP: 36618
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Meadowlake Elem
8251 Three Notch Rd
ZIP: 36619
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Wc Griggs Elem Sch
6001 Three Notch Rd
ZIP: 36619
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Burns Middle Sch
6175 Girby Rd
ZIP: 36693
Middle
Total Enrollment 935
Environmental Studies Ctr
6101 Girby Rd
ZIP: 36693
Kate Shepard Elem Sch
3980-b Burma Rd.
ZIP: 36693
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Mobile Mental Health Ctr
5800 Southland Drive
ZIP: 36693
Other
Total Enrollment 40
Olive J Dodge Elem Sch
2615 Longleaf Dr
ZIP: 36693
Primary
Total Enrollment 931
Sw Ala Reg Sch Deaf-blind
3980 Burma Road
ZIP: 36693
Primary
Total Enrollment 57
Bernice J Causey Middle Sch
2205 Mcfarland Rd.
ZIP: 36695
Middle
Total Enrollment 1524
Dawes Intermediate Sch
10451 West Lake Road
ZIP: 36695
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Hutchens Elem Sch
10005 West Lake Rd
ZIP: 36695
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
O'rourke Elem Sch
1975 Leroy Stevens Rd
ZIP: 36695
Primary
Total Enrollment 1023
The Bridge Inc
3401 Newman Road
ZIP: 36695
The Bridge, Inc Mobile
3401 Newman Road
ZIP: 36695

Mobile Private Schools

Most Pure Heart Of Mary School
310 Sengstak St
ZIP: 36603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy
1060 Government St
ZIP: 36604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Mcgill-toolen Catholic High School
1501 Old Shell Rd
ZIP: 36604
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1138
St Mary Catholic School
107 N Lafayette St
ZIP: 36604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 441
Revelation Baptist School
1711 Taylor Ln
ZIP: 36605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
St Johns Deliverence School Of Tomorrow
1624 Boykin Blvd
ZIP: 36605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
St Pius X School
217 S Sage Ave
ZIP: 36606
Elementary
Total Enrollment 335
Grace Temple Christian Academy
159 Hemley Ave
ZIP: 36607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Ums-wright Preparatory School
65 Mobile St
ZIP: 36607
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1190
Al-iman Academy Of Mobile
63 East Dr
ZIP: 36608
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Corpus Christi School
6300 Mckenna Dr
ZIP: 36608
Elementary
Total Enrollment 527
Faith Academy
8650 Tanner Williams Rd
ZIP: 36608
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1683
St Ignatius Catholic School
3650 Springhill Ave
ZIP: 36608
Elementary
Total Enrollment 450
St Paul's Episcopal School
161 Dogwood Ln
ZIP: 36608
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1279
West Mobile Baptist Church
7501 Airport Blvd
ZIP: 36608
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Cottage Hill Christian Academy At Church Campus
4255 Cottage Hill Rd
ZIP: 36609
Elementary
Total Enrollment 286
Knollwood Christian School
1501 Knollwood Dr
ZIP: 36609
Elementary
Total Enrollment 405
Mobile Christian School
5900 Cottage Hill Rd
ZIP: 36609
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 493
The Learning Tree
4979 Lott Rd
ZIP: 36613
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 98
Emmanuel Junior Academy
2000 Dr Martin L King Jr Ave
ZIP: 36617
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Trinity Lutheran Elementary School
2668 Berkley Ave
ZIP: 36617
Elementary
Total Enrollment 76
Nazaree Christian School
1675 W I65 Service Rd N
ZIP: 36618
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Calvary Christian School
6800 Three Notch Rd
ZIP: 36619
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
St Vincent Depaul School
6571 Larkspur Dr
ZIP: 36619
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Government Street Christian School
3401 Government Blvd
ZIP: 36693
Elementary
Total Enrollment 145
Little Flower Catholic School
2103 Government St
ZIP: 36693
Elementary
Total Enrollment 150
St Dominic School
4160 Burma Rd
ZIP: 36693
Elementary
Total Enrollment 471
St Luke S Episcopal School
3975 Japonica Ln
ZIP: 36693
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 593
Cottage Hill Christian Academy - West Campus
7355 Creekwood Dr
ZIP: 36695
Secondary
Total Enrollment 232
Covenant Christian School
7150 Hitt Rd
ZIP: 36695
Elementary
Total Enrollment 203
Mobile Junior Academy
1900 Cody Rd S
ZIP: 36695
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Montessori World School
2061 Leroy Stevens Rd
ZIP: 36695
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
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Old market house c1906.

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