About the Area
Did You Know that the City of Mobile is…
A great place to live… The oak lined streets of downtown Mobile and the historically preserved midtown, give our area a cultural influence impossible to duplicate. Mobile’s quality of Life won the 74th spot in Money Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live” annual survey in 1997. U.S. News and World Report ranked Mobile in the top third of the nation’s hottest housing markets. Moody Economic report ranked Mobile as the #1 growth market in the nation in 2008.
A moderate year round climate and thousand of acres of natural protected wetlands make our area one of the best in the nation for outdoor enjoyment. The sugar white beaches, great fishing, and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico are only minutes away and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Mobile is a regional center for medical care, research and education. There are 850 physicians and 175 dentists practicing in the area, many affiliated with one or more of nine hospitals which serve the Mobile area.
A great place to work…
- Ranked with such cities as Atlanta, Dallas, and Raleigh, Mobile tied with Fort Lauderdale for the No. 11 spot in Time Magazine’s 1997 list of :Where the Jobs Are/15 of the Hottest Places.”
- International Companies such as Thyssen Krupp, Austal Ship building, and EADS have located operations in Mobile and the opportunities for continued growth are fantastic.
A great place to play
- Tourism is on the rise in the Mobile area, where popular sites such as Bellingrath Gardens and Battleship Park are being joined by a growing list of cultural attractions.
- More than 20 private and public golf courses helped Mobile birdie the No. 10 spot in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Golf.”
- The Exploreum and IMAX Theater and an expanded Museum of Mobile are only two of the projects underway to draw tourists attention to downtown Mobile.
- Mobile is the birth place of Mardi Gras. The cultural influences of the gulf coast, good food and great times abound during this festive time of the year.
- The luxury casino’s of Biloxi are located only a short drive away and make for a great day trip or weekend getaway.
A great place to grow a business
- Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Mobile fourth in the Southeast for its excellent small business climate.
- With the world’s largest forest products terminal, the Port of Mobile ranks 1st in the nation for wood pulp exports and 2nd in the nation for forest products.
- Airplane maintenance and repair are growing businesses in the Mobile area where a number of aerospace companies are soaring to success.
- The McDuffie Coal Terminal at the Alabama State Docks is one of the nation’s leading facilities for coal exporting.
And a great place for education
- In 1996 and 1997, more than 900 area classrooms were wired for Internet access. Net Day Mobile, a community initiative sponsored by BellSouth, involved 1,693 volunteers who contributed 9,994 hours at 89 local public and private schools. The entire project has been valued at $ 576,500.
- Mobile is the home of the state’s oldest and largest public school system and its oldest institute of higher education, Mobile offers a wide variety of educational opportunities.
- The public school system includes 90 schools and more than 65,000 students. Mobile also has a large Private School System, with many athletic teams in the area consistently ranking as top in the State.