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A+ Mobile Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Mobile Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Alabama
937% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mobile cost of living
F Mobile Crime Total crime is 67% higher than Alabama
Total crime
5,584116% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18116% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
Mobile crime
D- Mobile Employment Household income is 13% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$38,75930% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,33722% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Mobile employment
F Mobile Housing Home value is 7% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$119,50035% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78317% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Mobile real estate or Mobile rentals
F Mobile Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
32%35% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:18% lower than the US average
Mobile K-12 schools or Mobile colleges

Living in Mobile, AL

Located in the state of Alabama, Mobile is a medium-sized city with a population of 193,717 people. Mobile is mostly populated by White (45%) and Black or African American (51%) ethnic groups. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Mobile is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 22 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city 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 cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

Mobile, AL receives 64 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #263 in Alabama and #18,681 in the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Mobile ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and weather (B+). There are some categories that Mobile ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Mobile, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP, Mardi Gras, and Mobile Carnival Museum.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Mobile is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.16%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Mobile. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Mobile are 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. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Mobile were 6.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%.

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Compare Mobile, AL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mobile, AL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Bolton, Mobile876.14,494
Orange Grove, Mobile871785
Hannon Park, Mobile822.21,886
Brookwood, Mobile814.92,521
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Parkhill, Mobile7974,601
Pleasant Valley, Mobile785.21,212
Claremont, Mobile7892,993
South Crichton, Mobile774.52,168

Best Cities Near Mobile, AL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Movico, AL8525.4111
Sims Chapel, AL8036.873
Bucks, AL7922.251
Daphne, AL799.824,295
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Malcolm, AL7734.9300
Hurley, MS7627.41,020
Dauphin Island, AL7630.81,156
Fairhope, AL7615.417,996
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Mobile: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

My family has lived in Mobile for 3 years now and although we love our house and the scenery, there are many things that leave us wishing for somewhere else.

THE GOOD: Lots of good places to eat with a modern convenient infrastructure. Beautiful scenery with massive Live Oaks, some as old as 250 years. Plenty of affordable homes. Midtown (downtown hub and surrounding area) is the historic district with many gorgeous antebellum homes. The West end of town was built up much later with more modern homes. The West end contains most of the retail sector. Plenty of things to do and many cultural events and venues. The downtown area is thriving with many places just a walk away.

THE BAD: There is little if any southern hospitality here if you are seeking such. The person you walk past on the sidewalk will not look at you or tell you hello (or take their head out their phone). There is a lack of trust amongst neighbors and as a rule people keep to themselves. The older families will not give you the time of day if you are not from here originally and friends are not easily met. There are very few jobs and most of those available are hard labor type blue collar jobs or retail. Wages are out of the 1970's. Do NOT come here if you are will not make it.

THE UGLY: Crime here is horrendous. Every other week someone is murdered. Packs of pitbulls run at large killing any animal that crosses their path. Rap music blares out of every other car that rolls down your road and there is much racial tension. The schools are horrible. As a rule, whites go to private schools, blacks go to the habitually failing public schools. People treat red lights like they are optional and many traffic fatalities result.

Synopsis: Our family came here with high hopes but we are ready to leave. If you are reading this post- you are forewarned, we were but we chose to come anyway. Don't make the same mistake.
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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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