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About Mobile

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Mobile is a beautiful mid-sized coastal city, which offers temperate climate, low cost of living, many cultural activities and close proximity to beaches and recreation. Mobile is known for its fine food and music.

Mobile's streets are shaded by a canopy of live oaks and the city features a mild climate with flowers blooming year round. The city has many museums including the Mobile Museum of Art, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, the Mobile Carnival Museum, the Battleship USS Alabama and the Museum of Mobile.  Performing arts are active in Mobile with the Mobile Opera, Mobile Symphony, Mobile Ballet, and the Playhouse in the Park.

Sports and recreation are a big part of life in the Mobile area. Southern Alabama is a golfer's paradise with two courses of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Magnolia Grove in Mobile and Lakewood in Point Clear. For college football fans, the annual Senior Bowl and GMAC Bowl are played in Mobile, and the University of South Alabama Jaguars are expanding their football program to become a full member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Other university sports already compete in the conference. The Mobile Baybears play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after the famous Mobilian. Hiking, bird-watching, and kayaking opportunities are offered at several state parks in the area including Meaher, Blakeley, Weeks Bay and Gulf State Park.

A short drive across Mobile Bay is the Eastern Shore area of Baldwin County. The city of Fairhope is known for its active arts community and quaint shops and restaurants.  Spanish Fort is known for its proximity to the Tensaw-Mobile River Delta.  The town of Daphne is rich in history including Jackson's Oak, a several hundreds-year old tree under which Andrew Jackson is said to have rallied his troops during the War of 1812. On the coast you can find Alabama's famous white sand beaches in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Through ongoing cleaning efforts, our beaches continue to be pristine despite the oil spill.

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Moving to Mobile

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a website with very pertinent information about moving to Mobile.  Visit the Chamber's Relocate to Mobile site to learn more about living in Mobile.

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Mobile Area Schools

There are several public, parochial and private schools in the area.  The Mobile County Public School System also offers magnet schools focusing on certain academic interests.  The Eastern Shore area of Spanish Fort, Daphne, and Fairhope are in the Baldwin County Public School System.

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Nearby Cities and Towns

Driving time from Mobile to:

  • Dauphin Island - 45 minutes
  • Gulf Shores - 1 hour
  • New Orleans - 2.5 hours
  • Atlanta - 5 hours
  • Birmingham - 4 hours
  • Pensacola - 45 minutes
  • Biloxi - 45 minutes

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Mobile Regional Airport

Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Amtrak Stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana

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