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Alabama Almanac

The Alabama Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Alabama.

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The United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/, July 10, 2001.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.
Alabama. A. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 262. Print.

Admitted to Union December 14, 1819
Capital Montgomery [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Cotton State, Heart of Dixie [ Find out more... ]
Motto Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 52,423 square miles Rank among states 30th
Land area 50,750 square miles Rank among states 28th
Water area 1,673 square miles Rank among states 23rd
Greatest distance East to West 210 miles
Greatest distance North to South 329 miles
Highest point 2,405 feet, Cheaha Mountain Rank among states 35th
Lowest point Sea level (Gulf of Mexico) Rank among states 3rd
Mean elevation 500 feet Rank among states 41st
Highest recorded temperature 112 degrees, Sept. 5, 1925 at Centerville
Lowest recorded temperature -27 degrees, Jan. 30, 1966 at New Market
Highest monthly average temperature 91.5 degrees Rank among states 16th
Lowest monthly average temperature 31 degrees Rank among states 42nd
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 56 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
4,447,100 Rank among states 23rd
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
87.6 Rank among states 26th
Ten largest cities by population
State capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Birmingham 242,820 6. Hoover 62,742
2. Montgomery 201,568 7. Dothan 57,737
3. Mobile 198,915 8. Decatur 53,929
4. Huntsville 158,216 9. Auburn 42,987
5. Tuscaloosa 77,906 10. Gadsden 38,978
Median age 33
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 72.53 Rank among states 45th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,878.8 Rank among states 27th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 780.4 Rank among states 13th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 4,098.4 Rank among states 31st
Per capita income (2000)
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$23,521 Rank among states 43rd
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$20,595 Rank among states 41st
Median household income (1993) $25,082 Rank among states 47th

Additional Information

Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, by Andy Duncan. 240 pages. Publisher: Globe Pequot; Second edition (June 2, 2009)

The definitive collection of Alabama's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Alabama residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

Whether you’re a born-and-raised Alabamian, a recent transplant, or just passing through, Alabama Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as Andy Duncan introduces you to the weirdest, wackiest, most outrageous characters and events in the Heart of Dixie, and takes you places you never could have imagined—some of them right around the corner!

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