Mobile is the third most populated city in Alabama and is the state’s only port city. Due to its proximity to the Mobile Bay, the city is a prominent shipbuilding and commercial hub. It is also one of the country’s oldest cities. The city of Mobile is surprisingly older than New Orleans. Mobile is also the birthplace of Mardi Gras. It is considered a premier cultural center in the South with its museums, professional ballet, opera and symphony orchestra.
The current population in Mobile is 192,085 with 52% of those residents being women. The median age in Mobile is 36 and there are over 44,000 family households in the city. The city has experienced a decline in population over the years with the rise of interest in the Eastern Shore communities. The city does offer a vibrant nightlife with restaurants and job opportunities in the healthcare/government contract and education sector.
List of Schools
Over 57,000 students attend school in the Mobile County Public School System.
Mobile is also the home to colleges including The University of South Alabama, University of Mobile, Spring Hill College and Bishop State Community College.
Mardi Gras is the premiere event held in Mobile. Other annual events include SouthSounds Music Festival, 1065 Music Festival and the New Year’s Eve Moon Pie Drop.
Mobile is comprised of a mix of boroughs, established neighborhoods and subdivisions. The city is comprised of West Mobile, Springhill, Cottage Hill, Midtown and Downtown districts. They all offer unique architecture and quick access to restaurants and shopping.
There are numerous neighborhoods located in Mobile. To name a few there is; Bolton, Parkhill, Westhill, Brookwood, Orange Grove, Claremont, Yorkwood and Berkleigh.
Nightlife/Things To Do
Mobile offers an array of bars, restaurants and entertainment districts. The Lower Dauphin Entertainment District, or “LoDa”, has an open container ordinance, allowing patrons to stroll the district with their drinks. An ample amount of bars and restaurants line the street including O’Daly’s, Heroes and the Alchemy Tavern. Restaurant options include NoJa, Five and the famous Wintzell’s Oyster House. Once a month the Mobile Arts Council hosts the LoDa Artwalk, a nighttime event with artists, vendors and music.
Children have an assortment of activities available in Mobile. Get Air and Altitude are two of the city’s trampoline parks. The Mobile Skate Plaza is a local skateboard park. Mobile has playgrounds for little ones including the newly opened Medal of Honor Park. Bowling enthusiasts can visit AMF Camellia Lanes and AMF Skyline Lanes.
Nearby Mobile attractions include: Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, The Fort of Colonial Mobile, GulfQuest, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Carnival Museum and the USS Battleship Memorial Park.
Mobile also has big name retailers in the Bel-Air Shopping Mall including Dillard’s, Belk and JCPenney. Big box retailers such as Target, Walmart, Costco, Whole Foods, and Sam’s Club are also in Mobile. The city has an abundant amount of local and chain eateries such as Texas de Brazil, P.F. Chang’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chipotle and Panda Express.