Life in Mobile

Mobile is a great town to live and work. There are roughly 250,000 residents in the city, and 500,000 in the greater metropolitan area. We recommend downloading the Chamber’s Guide to Mobile [PDF]. Recent economic news include Airbus’ decision to select Mobile as its North American Assembly plant, Austal’s ship-building boom in Mobile’s port, and the Calvert Steel Factory.


Family Friendly Activities

Here is just a sampling of area events:

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, North Pole Stroll, Mardi Gras, ARF’s Barkfest, Chili Cook-off, Dragon Boat Race, Greater Gulf State Fair, Art Walk, Springhill Lawn Movies, University of South Alabama sports events, Exploreum & Imax, Maritime Museum, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Moon Pie Drop.


The Beach

One of the best things about Mobile is the proximity to the water. It is easy to take off for the day or weekend to enjoy the awesome weather at the beach almost nine full months out of the year.

Dauphin Island: 20 minutes from Mobile. Great place for a day trip.

Orange Beach & Gulf Shores: one hour from Mobile., beautiful white sand beaches with great fishing, boating, and restaurants, wealthiest county in Alabama, Home of The Hangout Music Festival in May

Fairhope: Not technically the beach, but it is a gorgeous “Pleasantville” like community on Mobile Bay with abundant boutiques, shops, art galleries, restaurants. Be sure to visit The Grand Hotel and try out an Art Walk on the first Friday of each month.


Places to eat

Great Seafood on the CausewayFelix’s Fish Camp, Bluegill, the Original Oyster House, Wintzell’s, Ed’s Seafood Shed, R&R Seafood


Date placesVia Emilia, Kitchen on George, The Noble South, Italian Fisherman, Noja, Ruth’s Chris

Daphne / Fairhope:  Master Joe’s (sushi), Camelia Café, Penzone’s, Wash House, Fairhope Inn

Coffee Shops:  Carpe Diem, Serda’s, Cream & Sugar, Page & Palette, The Coffee Loft

Yelp for more info on the above and for many other options.


Leisure Activities

Golf:  There are ten great courses in the area, including several courses in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (buy the Trail Card for discounted rate).

  • Magnolia Grove
  • Springhill College
  • Azalea City
  • Timber Creek
  • Rock Creek
  • Lakewood

Hunting & Fishing:  Visit Outdoor Alabama for more information.

  • Mobile Bay: Fish we catch in the Bay include blackfish, flounder, red fish, speckled trout, and white trout.
  • Duck Hunting is plentiful in the Mobile.  Visit ALDucks for more information.
  • Clay Shooting: Taylor Creek, Styx River
  • Outdoor Stores: McCoy Outdoor, Spoke N Trail



Music & Nightlife

Music/Music Festivals:

Other:  Crescent Theatre (independent, local movie theatre playing a diverse range of movies)


Where to Live


  • Pros: 5 minute commute to hospitals, increasing amount of young professionals, near downtown activities, historic homes,  [2000 sq. ft. house ~ $190k]
  • Cons: As with any urban area, more incidents of property theft


  • Pros: Beautiful, upscale area, very good for families
  • Cons: Pricey, most homes built in 50s-60s [2000 sq. ft house ~ $300k]

West Mobile:

  • Pros: Inexpensive housing in safe environment, All major stores nearby [2000 sq. ft. house ~ $150k]
  • Cons: 20 minute commute, more generic architecture

Talk to residents for additional information.




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