Alabama Facts

State Location Alabama Location In The US
State Abbreviation AL
Statehood December 14, 1819
State Capital Montgomery
State Size Total (Land + Water): 52,419 sq miles; Land Only: 50,744 sq miles
Number of Counties 67
State Population (2015)4,858,979
State Population Density95.8 people / square mile
Electoral Votes9
State Quarter Issue Date March 17, 2003
State Motto Audemus jura nostra defendere (We dare defend our rights)
State Flower Camellia
State Tree Longleaf pine
State Bird Yellowhammer
Nickname Yellowhammer State
State Flag Alabama State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.2087 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.675 / Pack
Area Codes 205, 251, 256, 334, 659, 938
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Birmingham (212,237)
Montgomery (205,764)
Mobile (195,111)
Huntsville (180,105)
Tuscaloosa (90,468)
Major Sports Teams None

Alabama Fun Facts

  • Birmingham is home to Vulcan, the world's largest cast iron statue. It is made of 100,000 pounds of iron and is 56 feet tall.
  • Alabama is the only state with a State Quilt: Pine Burr Quilt.
  • The Unclaimed Baggage Center is located in Scottsboro. The inventory of this store are the lost luggages from airlines.
  • The Saturn boosters, which were the rockets to put humans on the moon, were built in NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Huntsville is known as "The Rocket City." Some call it the "Rocket Capital of the World."
  • On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville, Alabama.
  • In Magnolia Springs, Alabama, mail is delivered by boat. This is the only city in the United States with all-water mail routes.
  • Alabama is the only state to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink.
  • In 1703, Mobile became the first city in the American Continent to celebrate Mardi Gras, 15 years before New Orleans did so.
  • In 1886, the world's first Electric Trolley System was introduced in Montgomery.
  • In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the United States to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

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