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-Historic interest
-Winter climate
-Arts and culture


-Wet climate
-Crime rates
-Hurricane risk

What Bert Has To Say About Mobile Metro Area

Mobile is a major port and shipbuilding and commercial center at the head of Mobile Bay on the Gulf Coast. The area has a rich history as an antebellum seaport, and parts of the city reflect this heritage (as well as its Spanish and French colonial history). For many, Mobile offers what New Orleans offers without many of its problems. There is some tourism, and manufacturing industries include paper, aerospace, and automotive. The area has grown considerably as a port facility, in part because of the growth of Asian-owned auto plants in Alabama and other parts of the South. Employment has been a mixed bag, with high-paying jobs in short supply.

Downtown isn’t exceptional, but has an assortment of new buildings and a nice historic district. The best suburbs are to the west near the airport and a few smaller towns surrounding Mobile Bay to the east. The area has a relatively strong assortment of recreation, arts, and cultural assets. The University of Mobile and the relatively new University of South Alabama bring a college presence. It is the wettest city in the United States with 67 inches of rain per year, although much arrives in short downpours as the city also rates as one of the sunniest in the state.

The relatively high hurricane and tropical storm risk was confirmed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, which mainly caused wind damage to trees but did not create the storm surge and flooding experienced in areas to the west. That storm did bring many migrants, 50,000 by one estimate, but also caused employment dislocations for some.

Mobile is located 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico on a mainly level coastal plain. Coastal marshes and sandy beaches lie near the bay, while coniferous forests extend inland. The weather is humid subtropical with a strong marine influence from the Gulf. Summers are consistently warm, but temperatures are seldom as high as further inland. Summer days are in the 90’s but often cooled by an afternoon breeze, and evenings are warm and muggy. Winter is mild with one or two cooler snaps and an occasional frost. Summer thundershowers may occur every other day.


Quick Facts About Mobile

    The unemployment rate in Mobile is 7.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Mobile jobs have Decreased by 1.14 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Mobile's cost of living is 18.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Mobile's population is 195,239 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -5.09 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Mobile is $85,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.30 percent.
    Mobile public schools spend $9,565 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.1 students per teacher in Mobile.

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This is not an attractive or desirable place to live. We moved here in 2007, and frankly, we can't wait to move. Once we're close to break-even on our house or we work... (read more)
Seven-year Overview
Moved here for business reasons and to try some change...but unkowingly, right into the teeth of the financial crisis and a serious recession...so, perspective is a bit... (read more)
Grew up in Mobile and attended University of South Alabama. Moved away for 3 years to a larger city, but am moving back soon. Mobile is a good mid-size city. It is... (read more)
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