Alabama is divided into 67 counties and contains 460 incorporated municipalities consisting of 169 cities and 291 towns. These cities and towns cover only 9.6% of the state’s land mass but are home to 60.4% of its population.
The Code of Alabama 1975 defines the legal use of the terms “town” and “city” based on population. A municipality with a population of 2,000 or more is a city, while less than 2,000 is a town.
For legislative purposes, municipalities are divided into eight classes based on population.
Class 1 is defined as all cities with a population of 300,000. Although no cities in the state currently meet this population requirement, Birmingham was allowed to remain a class 1 city since it incorporated with a 1970 population of 300,910 before the cutoff date of June 28, 1979.
Class 2 are cities between 175,000 and 299,999 inhabitants which include present day Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville.
There are no present Class 3 cities which require populations between 100,000 and 174,999 inhabitants.
Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Dothan, Decatur and Auburn are Class 4 cities with between 50,000 and 99,999 inhabitants.
Ten cities fall under Class 5: a population greater than 25,000 and less than 49,999.
There are 34 cities that are Class 6, with between 12,000 and 24,999 inhabitants,
and 40 cities that are Class 7 with a population from 6,000 to 11,999 inhabitants.
Class 8 includes all towns, plus all remaining cities with populations of less than 6,000.
The largest municipality by population is Birmingham with 212,237 residents while the smallest by population is McMullen with 10 people. The largest municipality by land area is Huntsville, which spans 209.05 sq mi, while the smallest is McMullen at 0.11 sq mi.
Centre is a city in Cherokee County,At the 2010 census the population was 3,489. Centre is the county seat of Cherokee County. Centre Alabama History
Cherokee County was created on January 9, 1836, and named for the Cherokee people who once lived in the area. The famous Cherokee chief Pathkiller lived in Turkeytown near the present town of Centre. In 1836 the newly founded town of Cedar Bluff became the county seat, but in 1844 the county seat was moved to the more centrally located town of Centre.
Visit Pine Apple….. The home of Friendship, Southern hospitality and Welcome! Pine Apple is a town in eastern Wilcox County,Alabama, located 20 miles East of Camden on Alabama Highway #10 and 20 miles West of Greenville from exit 128 off Interstate I-65. From the mid-1850s to the early twentieth century, Pine Apple was one of many Black Belt communities nourished by the cotton industry. Pine Apple, Alabama History
Founded in 1825, the town of Pine Apple became a regional commercial center due to its strategic location as the end of the Selma, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida Railroad line from 1871 to the 1890s.
Pope’s Tavern, built as a stagecoach stop and tavern is now a museum on Hermitage Drive in Florence. According to the museum’s website, Andrew Jackson stayed at the inn on his way to the Battle of New Orleans.
Archeological evidence suggests that the first building burned at some point, and while no exact date of construction is known for the current building, construction of the one-and-a-half-story, eight-room, Federal-style structure began sometime in the 1830s or 1840s.
Wilsonville is a small, family-focused town located in the heart of Shelby County, Alabama. Wilsonville’s rich heritage and gentle living has made it one of the most desirable locations to live in the area.
Wilsonville has six active churches inside the town limits. There is a baseball field complex and a softball field. Wilsonville has a very qualified Fire Department with 22 members and 2 fire stations.
Greenville is a city in Butler County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,135. The city is the county seat of Butler County and is known as the Camellia City. First settled in 1819, Greenville prides itself on its historic downtown area.
St James Hotel in Selma Alabama Considered Most Haunted Place in Alabama
The St James Hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted places in all of Alabama. Located in the town of Selma, Alabama, the residents and many visitors to this particular establishment have issued several accounts of hauntings and paranormal events that have occurred. It is believed that a few different spirits enjoy spending their time in the building – in the afterlife. Two of the apparent hauntings that are said to occur include that of the popular outlaw, Jesse James, as well as his girlfriend, Lucinda, that stayed at the hotel one night. Several guests have reported seeing the spirits of Jesse James and his girlfriend, Lucinda.