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.
Is Athens State College Haunted? Stories are numerous. So numerous in fact, that paranormal investigators have investigated the campus and seem to have proof of paranormal activity. You can read about the investigation on the WAFF 48 website. Mystery411.com has additional interesting information concerning the alleged hauntings.
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital
301 E 18th St
Anniston, AL 36207
The founder of the Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Alabama, Mary Stringfellow, was an organ player. The nurses say that if you are working the third shift, you can hear the organ being played in the chapel. But no one is there if you go and look. Stringfellow Memorial Hospital History & Hauntings
Anniston,Alabama is in Calhoun County. Visit the Calhoun County Alabama Main Page.
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 who was named Lucinda.
Fort Harker was built to defend a strategic position captured by Union troops in northeastern Alabama. Situated atop a hill east of the town of Stevenson, it was constructed in the summer of 1862 by soldiers and freed slaves of the Army of the Cumberland.
The Buck Creek Mill (originally Selma Cotton Mill, then Siluria Cotton Mill) was a large textile mill founded in 1896, built on Buck Creek in Siluria in Shelby County. The main section of the mill building was completed in 1904, with additions in 1906 and 1911, when it took its best-known name.
This old Alabama town was on the banks of the Black Warrior River at Erie Bend near Greensboro.
Erie was once a vibrant town of 1,500 and county seat of Greene County, Alabama – now nothing remains and it is in Hale County
Downtown Opelika features Historic Railroad Avenue, where you can hear the whistles blow and enjoy the rumblings of trains as they travel through the city. The beautiful courtyard and fountain in Lee County Courthouse Square is the site of a variety of special events. History abounds at The Museum of East Alabama.