Alabama is a state of the United States that is part of the southern states. For a long time it was shaped by the plantation agriculture of a small white upper class and by slavery by Afro-Americans, who make up about a quarter of the population. After the end of Reconstruction, the interests of the agrarian elite continued through discrimination such as racial segregation until the 1970s. After the Second World War, the economy of the state, which is still one of the poorest in the country, diversified.


Cities and regions

Cities near the Tennessee River:
1 Decatur
2 Florence
3 Huntsville - Space and Rocket Museum, birthplace of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

4 Birmingham - largest city in the state
5 Tuscaloosa - Headquarters of the University of Alabama

6 Montgomery - Capital of Alabama and former Confederate capital.
7 Auburn - Home of Auburn University, the second largest university in the state.
8 Dothan - - The area is the most important peanut growing area in the United States.

Alabama/Gulf Coast
9Mobile Tensaw River Delta
10 Mobile - Alabama's only major port and largest city near the Gulf Coast.


Other destinations

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is a national park that was a site of last important battle of the Creek War on March 27, 1814 between American forces and native tribes.

Little River Canyon National Preserve or May's Gulf as it is locally known is a picturesque nature reserve situated near Fort Payne, Alabama.

Russell Cave National Monument is an important archaeological site of pre Columbian Native American cultures that once lived here

Trail of Tears is historic term given to several paths that were used by the native tribes of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole during forceful relocation to a state of Oklahoma in 1831.


Getting here

By plane
None of the airports in Alabama have an international connection, despite being partly in the name. All airports only serve destinations within the United States. The airports, sorted by passenger numbers, are:

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, 5900 Messer Airport Hwy., Birmingham, AL 35212.
Huntsville International Airport, 1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd., Huntsville, AL 35824.
Mobile Regional Airport, 8400 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608.
Montgomery Regional Airport, 4445 Selma Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36108.
Dothan Regional Airport, 800 Airport Dr., Dothan, AL 36350.
Northwest Alabama Regional Airport, 1729 T Ed Campbell Dr., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.

By train
Amtrak operates the Crescent across the state: Train pair 19 (southbound) operates daily from New York City and Washington, D.C. to New Orleans and the 20 train pair (northbound) in reverse daily. En route stops in Alabama are Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Both seating and sleeping cars are included in this train, and there is also a restaurant car, a café and a lounge. Amtrak offers daily bus transfers from Tuscaloosa to Capital Trailways via Brent, Marion, Selma, Camden, Thomasville, Grove Hill, Jackson, Mount Vernon to Mobile and daily in reverse.

By bus
Greyhound buses stop at 40 locations in Alabama.

In the street
Alabama is accessible via six interstate highways:
Interstate I10 intersects the state east-west on the south at Mobile;
Interstate I20 enters the state to the east, merges with Interstate I59 at Birmingham and exits the state southwest;
Interstate I22 begins in Birmingham and heads northwest;
Interstate I59 reaches northeast Alabama and meets Interstate I20 in Birmingham;
Interstate I65 reaches Alabama in the north, traverses Birmingham and Montgomery, and terminates in Mobile;
Interstate I85 enters the state to the east and terminates in Montgomery.


What to do

Gulf Shores hosts the annual crab festival in October. Over 300 vendors then offer painting, handicrafts and of course lots of crabs. Music will be played on three stages throughout the festival. Over 200,000 people attend the festival annually; in the south it is one of the top 20 events. In 2006 the event celebrates its 35th birthday.

Believe it or not, Alabama offers some acceptable hiking opportunities. One of the best areas is the Sipsey Wilderness.



Alabama is located in the southeastern United States. Its access to the sea is restricted to 84 km of coastline, where its only port is located, in Mobile Bay. The average elevation of the state is 150 m and the highest point is Mount Cheaha, 734 m, in the Appalachian Mountains, northeast of the state.

With an area of 135,765 km², Alabama has several natural regions: the eastern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, which forms the Great Valley and occupies much of Alabama; the strip of very fertile clay land, called the Black Belt, which extends along the central part and towards the west of the state; the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico, formed of alluvial deposits; the Piedmont Plateau to the north, with fertile sandstone and limestone valleys, and the Cumberland Plateau, part of the Tennessee River Valley region.

Alabama has an extensive hydrographic network, much of it navigable. The main systems are the Warrior-Tombidge and the one formed by the Coosa-Tallapoosa-Alabama-Mobile rivers. The Tennessee River and the Chattahoochee River also run through Alabama. With the exception of the Tennessee River and its tributaries, all river flows flow into the Gulf of Mexico. The state has no significant natural lakes, but it does have dams built during the 1930s during the New Deal by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Alabama Power Company. Among these artificial lakes, those built in Tennessee (Guntersville, Wheeler and Wilson) and those that have used the waters of the Coosa rivers (Lake Weiss) and Chattahoochee (Walter F. George Reservation) stand out.

65% of the state is covered by forests (3% of this territory is protected by the government) where oaks, pines, magnolias, cypresses and walnut trees grow. This enormous forest wealth has turned this resource into one of the pillars of the state's economy.

The mining resources in this state are located mainly in the central and northern area, especially in the Birmingham area, where coal and iron ore deposits are found. The largest coal mines are operated in Warrior, Cahaba and Coosa. Likewise, there are marble formations (in Talladega and Coosa counties), and commercially exploited oil deposits in Choctaw County, in the southeast. Alabama is also rich in bauxite, manganese, mica, graphite and clay.



The state enjoys a humid subtropical climate due to its low latitude, its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, and its exposure to advections from the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Köppen climate classification, it is a Cfa climate. In general, the closer to the coast the more tropical characteristics the climate will have and the further inland the climate will have more continental nuances (especially in Appalachia). This type of climate is characterized by warm and humid conditions most of the year, but with a clear four-season thermal regime. In this way, it can be said that winters in Alabama will be very mild, especially on the coast, and will allow continuous development of vegetation twelve months of the year. This is why the average temperature of the coldest month will range between 8 °C and 12 °C, while the average summer temperature will almost always be between 25 °C and 30 °C. It is important to note that although these are relatively high temperatures and we are in a medium-low latitude (30ºN-33ºN), the annual thermal oscillation is quite large for its context. This is a normal characteristic of temperate and subtropical climates on the eastern side, where on many occasions, the general atmospheric circulation causes important continental advections. These advections will be more powerful the larger the continent. In the case of Alabama, continental air easily arrives from Canada, the Great Prairies and the Midwest due to the lack of orographic barriers from the Great Plains and the Mississippi Valley, which causes some heat waves in summer (associated with the low North American pressure) and eventual cold waves that leave unusual and rare frosts as they pass through this state, associated with the cold Canadian anticyclone. For this same reason, winters are especially variable, in fact it is common for temperatures from 0 °C to 26 °C to be reached on the coast in the same month of January. In general terms, average annual temperatures range between 16 °C and 20 °C. The lowest values (14 °C-15 °C) are reached in the Appalachians and the Piedmont, and as we enter the Deep South the values increase significantly, reaching 21-22 °C on average. barrier islands of the Gulf Coast of Mexico (Dauphin Island, île-aux-Herbes, Mon Louis Island, Ono Island, Cayo Perdido,...)

Regarding the rainfall regime, it is interesting to note that, although rainfall is abundant or very abundant and regular throughout the year, there is a clear summer maximum and a winter minimum centered in autumn (without a drought ever occurring at any time). ). The subtropical condition of Alabama's climate determines the alternation between the precipitation generating mechanisms of the tropical world and the temperate world. Tropical mechanisms predominate during the warm months in which the south and southeast flow favors the entry of tropical maritime air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This is because, on the one hand, the North American continent overheats in summer, causing low thermal pressure, and because, on the other hand, the Atlantic subtropical anticyclones (Bermuda high pressure, Azores Anticyclone), increase in intensity. latitude and strengthen in summer, causing air circulation in a clockwise direction, and affecting both the Antilles and the Southeastern United States with their winds from the East, South or Southeast. These situations are what lead to the development of tropical depressions, tropical storms, easterly waves and hurricanes on the southern and eastern flanks of these anticyclones, common phenomena in Alabama that can have devastating consequences. Apart from these phenomena, simple convective storms are also very common, resulting from heat, humidity and instability, and which usually occur in the afternoons. In winter, the configuration of the Canadian anticyclone in the interior of the continent establishes a clear regime of northwesterly winds, with cool, dry, sunny and stable weather predominating. This dry weather is more common in autumn. Winter precipitation is due mostly to frontal systems in the temperate world, or to some tropical events that occur when continental flow subsides. Thus, it is possible that in some episodes of winter there may also be small convective outbreaks, or timid incursions of the trade winds and southeasterly winds on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. These winter precipitations are always in the form of rain. Snow is very rare, occurring only occasionally in the extreme north of the State and in the high areas of the Appalachians. Globally, rainfall is abundant or very abundant in the coastal plain strip of the Gulf of Mexico (1600-1850 mm annually), while towards the interior of the state it becomes more modest (1200-1400 mm annually). In the Appalachians, the orographic effect causes rainfall values similar to those of the coast to be reached.



The name "Alabama" goes back to the French name of the Native American tribe from the Muskogee language family known today as Alabama. The French-born settlers called them "Alibamons" in an attempt to render a similar-sounding Choctaw word to their ears. This word in turn denoted the activity of cutting and gathering herbs or grasses.

The Alabama tribe was first mentioned in 1540 by participants in the Hernando de Sotos expedition. Garcilasso de la Vega referred to it as Alibamo, others called it Alibamu or Limamu French called it Alibamons in 1702, accordingly the river was called Rivière des Alibamons on French maps.

Alabama has the unofficial nicknames Cotton State (German cotton state), Yellowhammer State (German Goldspechtstaat) and Heart of Dixie (German Heart of the South).



Early history

Paleo indians
The arrival of the first humans is believed to be around 9500 BC. assumed. The sea level was still considerably lower than today, so that the coastline ran further south. North of the Montevallo Valley, the dense coniferous forest turned into an oak-hickory forest, south of which this type of forest had existed for some time. People hunted the sometimes huge representatives of the megafauna, which soon became extinct, but also rabbits and other mammals and birds. Northern Alabama seems to have been of greater importance for longer stays in the long-distance migrations of the small groups, perhaps 25 to 50 people in number. In addition to Clovis blades, there were those from the Redstone, Quad (after a site on the Tennessee River where more than 200 blades were found) and Beaver Lake periods. The most important site is the Dust Cave (approx. 8500 BC), a cave near Florence.


Archaic period

From about 8500 to 3000 B.C., remains of the Archaic period can be found in Alabama. Around 8500 BC the previously cool climate changed into a much warmer one. The hunter-gatherer groups probably lived in small family groups. The nomadic groups gathered the fruit of hickory, then acorns and chestnuts, added blackberries, Muscadinia rotundifolia (a species of vine) and persimmons, a yellow fruit the Powhatan called pessamin and belonging to the genus Diospyros, and pokeweed or pokeweed. Deer, turkey, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, turtles, snakes, small birds and numerous species of fish were hunted. Their food leftovers accumulated to form so-called middens, which were up to 5 m high and were mostly located along the rivers. Arthritis can also be detected in the early groups, along with healed broken bones that required care from the relatives; only a few were significantly older than 40 years.

Based on the projectile tips, the Archaic period is divided into an early (about 8500 to 6000 BC), middle (up to 4000 BC) and later phase (up to 1000 BC). The more favorable living conditions allowed the number of residents to increase significantly, living together in groups of 50 to 150 people. The temperature in the middle Archaic phase was significantly higher than today, and the area was also drier. During this time, long-distance trade routes emerged, such as getting to Flint from northeast Alabama; wars can be proven for the first time, because skeletons were found in which projectile tips were still stuck. At the same time, the settlements grew larger.

From about 4000 BC the temperature dropped to about today's level. The number of settlements, especially in the southeast, increased significantly. More people also settled in the valleys of Tennessee, Tombigbee and Alabama River. Pottery was first made around 1500 BC, a technique probably adopted from Georgia and South Carolina; they also experimented with horticulture. So pumpkin, sunflower and corn were grown. Long-distance goods increased in number, including soapstone, greenstone, and mica from eastern Alabama.


Woodland period

The changes in the now more sedentary population represented a change so drastic that it marks the beginning of the Woodland period for archaeology. One of the largest sites next to Moundville (20 km south of Tuscaloosa), which was created around 1120, had more than 1000 inhabitants and contained 29 mounds that towered up to 20 m, is the Bottle Creek site, which has been a National Historic Landmark since 1995 which found at least 18 mounds. From about 1250, this site was the focus of the Pensacola culture, traces of which stretch from Choctawhatchee Bay in western Florida to the eastern shore of the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana. It was closely associated with the early 900s Mississippi culture and the Moundville people of the Black Warrior River, and reached its greatest density in Mobile Bay in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and in the southern portions of the Tombigbee and Alabama River valleys .


Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, Cherokee

Four Native American groups were important to Alabama: the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, the Muskogee, and the Cherokee.

Around 1800, the Choctaw were one of the largest Indian groups in the South, numbering around 15,000. They lived in about 50 villages in western Alabama and Mississippi. Of the three major groups, only the eastern one lived partially in Alabama, primarily along the upper Chickasawhay River and lower Tombigbee. Only between 1540 and 1699 did the three groups move into the common area, with the Alabama group probably being connected to Moundville. Early on, the demand for slaves from Europe's sugar cane plantations gave rise to wars, such as the Creek and Chickasaw, who once captured 2,000 Choctaw using European weapons and sold them as slaves to the British West Indies. When the French established themselves in Biloxi, the Choctaw acquired rifles from them and used them to fight back. When the French had to give up North America in 1763, the Choctaw intensified their trade contacts with the British, which, however, were also defeated. In 1784 they signed a peace treaty with Spain and in 1786 with the USA. In the treaties of Fort Confederation of 1802 and Mount Dexter of 1805, they had to cede large tracts of land. In 1826 the Choctaw adopted a constitution. Despite economic and political efforts, they were forced to abandon their lands east of the Mississippi in 1830 (Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek).

The Muskogee (Creek), the second powerful tribal confederation, had to give up the country in 1830 and move west, they also go back to the Mississippi culture. In the 16th century, Spanish violence and, above all, epidemics had dispersed the groups there, which were only able to organize themselves stably again in the 17th century. Some groups settled on the Chattahoochee River, on the lower Tallapoosa River and on the middle Coosa River in east-central Alabama. Around 1680 their number is estimated at 9,000, 100 years later there were around 20,000, and in 1830 more than 21,000. From 1690 to 1715 they lived in Georgia, where they began procuring slaves for the plantations. At the same time they attacked the Spanish in Florida, who almost gave up in 1706. At the end of the 18th century, settlers increasingly began to penetrate their area, and in 1811 they visited Tecumseh to gain support for his Pan-Indian uprising. In 1813-1814 they rose up against the Americans in the Creek War, but were defeated. The treaties of Fort Jackson (1814) and Indian Springs (1825) required the Creek to give up all of their territory in Georgia and move to Alabama. Most of the Creek resisted this, but they too had to move westwards in 1830 (path of tears).

Only in the late 18th century did some Cherokee move to northern Alabama. One of their groups, the Chickamauga, sided with the British and moved to Alabama from the Little Tennessee Hiwassee River in eastern Tennessee. They founded two villages near Bridgeport. But they were defeated by US troops in 1794. In 1806 their land was reduced. In 1813/1814 they nevertheless fought on the side of the US troops in the Creek War. By 1817, Tennessee troops were terrorizing the Cherokee in the Sequatchie and Wills River valleys, for which the US paid the victims $25,500


Epidemics, Spanish expeditions, colonial powers

The mass deaths were triggered by Spanish invasions, which brought smallpox to the country. In 1519 Alonso Álvarez de Pineda landed in Mobile Bay. In 1541 the Spaniard Hernando de Soto arrived in Alabama from the Appalachia. In 1699 the French came from the south and founded the first colony and in 1702 the city of Fort Louis, which was the capital of the French colony of Louisiana until 1722. In 1711 the city of Mobile was founded.

In 1763 the English conquered Alabama and in 1779 the Spanish conquered southern Alabama. In 1798, Alabama (excluding the coast with the city of Mobile, which was still part of Spanish Florida) formed part of the Mississippi Territory. In 1813 Mobile also became part of the territory.


Territory, State, Civil War

Four years later, in 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in what is now the Union's borders, and what remained was organized as Alabama Territory. Finally, on December 14, 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States. On January 11, 1861, it was the fourth state to leave the Union and on February 4 was one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America.

Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, was the first capital of the Confederate States of America (American Civil War) between February 4 and May 29, 1861. Jefferson Davis was sworn in on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

Until the Civil War, in which Alabama participated on the side of the Southern States, state policy was affected by tensions between the poorer farmers of the low mountain ranges in the Northeast and the rich plantation owners in the coastal plains, particularly in the so-called Black Belt around Selma and Montgomery its particularly fertile black soil and good transport routes along the rivers. During secession, Montgomery served as the capital of the Confederate States of America in the spring of 1861. After the Civil War came the era of Reconstruction, the military occupation of the South by the North. Animosity towards the north persisted into the late 20th century.


World economic crisis and post-war period

During the Depression of the 1930s, Alabama was a stronghold of support for Franklin D. Roosevelt's policies. Traditional loyalty to the Democrats, enduring from the Reconstruction era, combined with the poverty of much of the country to make the New Deal particularly popular. The state also benefited greatly from public investment, e.g. by the Tennessee Valley Authority, since both construction and operation of the dams on the Tennessee River in the north of the state created jobs; the Rural Electrification Act (REA) was particularly important to the rural state.

After World War II, a period of transformation in Alabama politics and society began. Here, bitter struggles over racial segregation were fought, and the increasing influence of civil rights activists on the one hand and that of Christian fundamentalism on the other hand led to a change from a stronghold of one party to a bastion of the other between 1955 and 1985. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks both resided in Montgomery. Governor George Wallace was also known far beyond the borders of Alabama as an opponent of integration. Economically, with the onset of modernization, an influx of population from the northern states began. In 1967, the Supreme Court forced Alabama to become one of the last states in the United States to lift the ban on intermarriage.



According to data from the United States Census Bureau, the state's total population is 4.4 million, with an annual growth rate of 0.4%. 24.9% of Alabama residents are under the age of 18, and 13.1% have turned 65. The infant mortality rate is 1.05%, well above the rate in the United States, making it the second worst state in this regard.

The urban population of this state is 67.7% (1996), below the national level (79.9%). The urbanization process in Alabama accelerated starting in the 1960s, when the population began to emigrate from rural areas (especially from the Black Belt) to the northern states and industrial centers. The population tended to be concentrated in 10 of the state's 67 counties, given the progressive growth of the cities and suburbs of Birmingham, Mobile, Gadsden, Florence, Montgomery and Huntsville.

With a workforce of 2.17 million people, its unemployment rate is low as Alabama has an unemployment rate of 4.8% (1999). The average annual income per capita is $19,026 (1998), and per family unit is $36,266, about $2,500 below the national average. The rate of population living below the poverty rate is 14.5%, which makes it the thirteenth least favored state in this regard, although the situation is improving since in 1990 it was already in fifth place.




Alabama's current constitution dates from 1901. With over 300,000 words and more than 800 amendments to the constitution that have been added since 1901, it is by far the longest of any US state.


Houses of Parliament

The legislature of Alabama, the Alabama Legislature, consists of two chambers: the 35-member Senate and the 105-member House of Representatives. Both the senators and the members of the House of Representatives are elected for four-year terms.



The governor of Alabama is the head of the executive branch of the state, i.e. the head of government who is directly elected to four-year terms. There is a term limit of two terms of office, i. H. a politician may be in office for a maximum of eight years. However, the limitation to two terms of office only applies to consecutive periods. If there are breaks in office, a governor may be re-elected any number of times. The Constitution requires the governor to deliver a State of the State Address to both houses of Parliament at least once per legislature, addressing the current state of the state. Republican Kay Ellen Ivey is currently governor and party colleague Will Ainsworth is lieutenant governor.


Federal policy

Originally, Alabama was a bastion of the Democrats as part of the Solid South. Between 1828 and 1960 no Republican won presidential elections here – with the exception of Ulysses S. Grant in 1868 and 1872. The Democrats aligned their political content during this time to the needs of the agricultural societies of the South, which were characterized by the conservative white upper class. It was only with the onset of the civil rights movement in the 1950s that Democrats began to liberalize at the federal level and advocate desegregation. This alienated them from their previous constituency in the South. As in the other states in this region, the Democrats have lost the presidential elections here since 1964. Only Jimmy Carter, who originally advocated segregation as governor of Georgia, was still able to win as a Democrat in Alabama in 1976. Since then, the Republicans have dominated the conservative state in nationwide elections by a large margin over the Democrats, and the dominance of the Democrats, which initially persisted in regional elections, has been broken since the 2000s. Alabama, along with neighboring Mississippi, has the lowest proportion of swing voters in the country and is therefore little influenced by national political trends.

In the meantime, Alabama has changed the structure of its society from a cotton and plantation state to a modern region shaped by future industries. Nevertheless, the conservative dominance has been preserved there. Only the counties in the so-called Black Belt and in the Mississippi Delta region, which have a majority of black voters, are clearly dominated by the Democrats. In addition, the Democrats have better conditions in the two large cities of Birmingham and Montgomery, which are characterized by the steel and mining industries. Since the 2010 election, six out of seven members of the US House of Representatives have been Republicans. Since the Senate by-election on December 13, 2017, the Democrats have provided a US senator in Doug Jones for the first time since 1976, who represents the state together with Republican Richard Shelby in Congress. In the 2020 Senate election, however, Jones clearly lost to his Republican opponent Tommy Tuberville.

In the Electoral College, Alabama has had nine electors since 1972; In 1968 there were ten.


Culture and sights

The public school system was created in 1854, and remained segregated for whites and blacks until 1954, when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled its unconstitutionality, although desegregation was carried out very slowly. The largest institutions of higher education are the University of Alabama (with campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville), Auburn University in Montgomery, and the University of South Alabama.

The State Supreme Court Library was established in 1828, and in 1901 Alabama founded the Alabama Archives, the first publicly funded state archives in the United States. The libraries of the universities of Alabama, Sandford, and Auburn, as well as the Birmingham Public Library, house numerous and very important documents on the history of the state. The Tuskegee Institute Library stands out for its holdings on black history.

The most important museums in Alabama are the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Southern Museum of Fine Arts in Mobile, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Kennedy-Douglass House in Florence. Likewise, numerous historic house museums are open to the public, in Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and in the Black Belt.

Anthropologists, folklorists and linguists have been interested in the cultural manifestations of the inhabitants of the mountainous area in the north of the state, where unique language patterns and a unique vocabulary have developed and survived, as well as numerous legends, myths, superstitions, songs, and local stories.

Native Alabama writers include Joseph G. Baldwin, Johnson Jones Hooper, Sydney Lanier, Mary Johnson, Hellen Keller, T. S. Stribling, and Harper Lee.

Alabama has twenty-three public lakes, twenty-four state parks, and four state forests. Other attractions for tourists include the Florence Museum, the Alabama Rocket and Space Museum, Sequoyah Caverns, DeSoto Falls, Little River Canyon, the First White House of the Confederacy, and the Birmingham and Montgomery Zoos. During the summers the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is held in Anniston.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's famous song Sweet Home Alabama is a response to a song by Canadian singer Neil Young called "Alabama" in which he criticized slavery and racism in the Southern United States.



The most popular sports in Alabama are football, baseball, basketball, and auto racing. The state does not have teams in any of the major professional leagues. Instead, the college football teams Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers, Southeastern Conference rivals, stand out.

The University of Alabama football team is one of the oldest in the United States since it began competing in 1892. Its program has since become the most traditional in the country, since throughout its history has won 17 national championships, in the years 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and the most recent in 2017. Alabama achieved 29 Conference titles, the most recent in 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015. It has played 61 bowls and won 35, more than any other university. Among them, one victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship in the 2015 season, three victories in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons, four Rose Bowl victories in 1925, 1930, 1934 and 1945, eight Sugar Bowl in 1961, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1993, four Cotton Bowls in 1941, 1980, 2005 and 2015, and four Orange Bowls in 1942, 1952, 1962 and 1965.

The team plays at home at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with a capacity of 101,821, the seventh largest stadium in the country.

The Talladega oval is one of the most prestigious in the NASCAR Cup Series of motorsports. For its part, the Barber speedway has hosted IndyCar Series and Rolex Sports Car Series races.

A WCT tennis tournament was held in Birmingham between 1973 and 1980. The PGA Championship and Tradition have been held at Shoal Creek Golf Course.

Natural athletes from Alabama are boxer Joe Louis, athletes Jesse Owens and Percy Beard, pilot Davey Allison and golfer Hubert Green.



The Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, with a collection of around 17,000 objects, is one of the most important art museums in the southeastern United States. Individual collection departments are among the most important of their kind in the USA. Other art museums are the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, which shows 2300 works of art mainly by American artists, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery.


National Park Service

The National Park Service has nine national parks, one national heritage area and three national trails for Alabama. There are also 38 National Historic Landmarks, seven National Natural Landmarks and 1329 entries in the National Register of Historic Places (as of January 11, 2022).


Economy and Infrastructure

Economic power

Real GDP per capita was $42,124 in 2016 (50-state average: $57,118; national rank: 46 out of 50). The unemployment rate was 3.5% in November 2017 (national average: 4.1%). The state is one of the poorest and structurally weakest in the country.

Crops are mainly cultivated in the Alabama River plain, especially cotton, corn, sugar cane, tobacco, potatoes and forage crops. Cattle and pigs are mainly kept in animal husbandry.

Alabama's land is covered 50 percent by pine and deciduous forests and has a significant forestry and logging industry.



Industry in the 19th and 20th centuries was primarily focused on textiles (mostly cotton) and cement, and an iron and steel industry in the Birmingham area (and the suburbs of Bessemer and Irondale), where iron ore is more prevalent. Meanwhile, auto manufacturing (Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant in Vance/Tuscaloosa County, Honda plant in Lincoln and Hyundai in Montgomery) and technology (NASA in Huntsville, Airbus Americas in Mobile) play an increasing role. The intensified immigration policy of this state stands in the way of the establishment of new industrial companies.

rail transport
In 2007, 25 railway companies operated a rail network of 5302 kilometers in Alabama. 2,941,478 wagonloads with a total of 161,500,000 tons were transported. The most important export good was coal with 12.1 million tons. The most important imported good was also coal with 29.5 million tons. 6.5 million tons of stones, sand and gravel were exported. With 4.7 million tons of paper and pulp products, Alabama is the largest exporter of such products.

Amtrak serves the cities of Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa through two rail services, The Crescent (New York-New Orleans) and The Sunset Limited (Orlando-Los Angeles). A total of 47,944 passengers boarded and disembarked at Alabama in 2008.