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Mobile is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. The city has a population of 193,717 people. Individuals of White (45%) and Black or African American (51%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Mobile. With average one way commute time of only 22 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Mobile, Alabama. Finding the best places to live in Mobile and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 64/100, Mobile is ranked #18,681 in the United States and #263 in Alabama. For each of the livability categories, we see that Mobile ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and weather (B+). Regrettably for Mobile, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Mobile is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Mobile come in at $119,500, which is 7% lower than the Alabama average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Mobile, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 6.9% higher than the Alabama average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Mobile area were 6.7% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mobile, AL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hannon Park, Mobile832.21,886
Brookwood, Mobile824.92,521
Parkhill, Mobile8074,601
Pleasant Valley, Mobile795.21,212
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Crichton, Mobile794.52,168
Claremont, Mobile7892,993
Westhill, Mobile788.43,563
Overton, Mobile78103,644

Best Cities Near Mobile, AL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Movico, AL8525.4111
Sims Chapel, AL8036.873
Bucks, AL7922.251
Daphne, AL799.824,295
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Spanish Fort, AL788.47,825
Malcolm, AL7734.9300
Saraland, AL778.913,778
Hurley, MS7627.41,020
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Living in Mobile, AL - A Pleasant Experience

We have lived in Mobile, AL for six years now and there's very little I can say that isn't good about this place. The city lies near the Gulf of Mexico and we love going to the Gulf to watch the ships and barges. In April, we plan on at least one day to spend at the Azalea Trail Festival, which goes through 30 miles of antebellum homes when the azalea bushes are blooming. It's a spectacular sight. We spend a few nights a week dining out in Mobile and have found the best Creole-style gumbo in the state.

If there's anything I have to complain about in Mobile, it's the humidity. We relocated to Mobile from Phoenix, one of the driest places in the country and after six years, still haven't gotten the hang of dealing with the warm humid days of summer. All in all, however, we love the spectacular, historic architecture of the city, which reflects the English, French and Spanish influences in the city. Along with the gorgeous old oak trees and the Spanish moss, walking around Mobile is a true delight.

Shopping in Mobile is fun, too, especially the fish markets where we can't get enough of the freshly caught seafood at prices that we can afford, compared to those we found in land-locked Phoenix. We have a nice home near Mobile's historic shopping district, where we find some of the most incredible antiques, art and handmade gifts. Mobile has a vibrant performing arts community and we enjoy its art galleries, symphony orchestra, ballet and opera company. Overall, living in Mobile has been a pleasant experience for us.
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Mobile, AL - State Parks and Battleships!

As a child, I routinely visited Mobile, Alabama for vacations and trips. Mobile is a small, formerly industrial town that has been hit hard by both hurricanes and globalization. Still, it is home to a number of attractions for visitors, most notably those provided by the bay and the nearby ocean.

The biggest tourist attraction in Mobile is the USS Alabama, one of the only WWII-era battleships which has been preserved. All but the lowest decks have been preserved for the viewing public, and the ship has been cemented into the bay, with all guns plugged thoroughly. The ship is now a museum, and the nearby buildings have been built to house airplanes from the Second World War. There is also a submarine from the same era, the USS Drum, definitely worth checking out.

A few miles out of town is Gulf Shores, the largest beach park in the state. Large portions of it were preserved as a state park, and consequently have not been built up. As the area is largely unknown and unvisited, it is possible to obtain inexpensive hotel rooms right on the beach, even during the tourist season.

Overall, Mobile doesn't have the big city appeal of a New York or Chicago, but it does have the small city feel. I could see Mobile being a nice place to live if that style of city is for you. Either way Mobile is definitely an interesting place to visit.
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Source: The Mobile, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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