Category: Alabama Cities

Digital Alabama Guide
to Alabama Cities

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.

Jasper Alabama

Jasper Alabama has been home to many famous families such as the Bankheads which include United States Congressmen, United States Senators, and a Speaker of the House of Representatives during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt. This family along with Carl Elliott of Jasper, whose home here has been turned into a historical museum, Tom Bevill of Jasper & Carter Manasco of Townley make up more than a century (110 years 1887 – 1997) of continuous service by Walker Countians in the United States Congress.

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Lineville Elementary School 1928

Lineville Alabama

The Town of Lineville (Crooked Creek) was built on what was at that time the dividing line between Talladega and Randolph Counties, hence the name, Lineville.

The Civil War saw some 56 area men interred in the Old Lineville Cemetery. By the end of the war, Confederate money had become useless and the area suffered hardships. Clay County formed in 1866. The town’s name was officially changed to Lineville in 1870 when it became the temporary seat of government for Clay County.

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Marion Alabama

Marion Alabama is a growing city that combines the best of the “old” and “new” South. Tradition and craft, combined with the desire to grow as it develops its local resources into a better tomorrow. You’ll love Marion’s local cuisines, church services, antiques shops, and classic small city shopping and living. The cultures in Marion are harmoniously blended with a determination for a bright future.

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Historic buildings in Downtown Monroeville Alabama

Monroeville Alabama

Monroeville is known as the hometown of two prominent writers of the post-World War II period, Truman Capote and Harper Lee, who were childhood friends in the 1930s. Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, earned her the Pulitzer Prize. The lasting fame of To Kill a Mockingbird became a tourist draw for the town. In 1997, the Alabama Legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.”

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Montevallo Alabama

The area where Montevallo is now was once controlled by the Creek Indians. After being acquired in 1814 Jesse Wilson claimed a small hill on the northern bank of the Shoal Creek and created a homestead there, making it the oldest settlement in Shelby County. Wilson’s friends and family followed afterwards and also settled in the area, and a settlement known as Wilson’s Hill developed on the site. The settlement’s location at almost the exact center of Alabama meant it was considered one of the potential sites for the University of Alabama. In an attempt to encourage the university to choose the site the settlement changed its name to Montevallo, which is Italian for the hill in the valley.

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