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Mobile is a city in Mobile County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Indian tribe, known to the Spanish as Mauvila.

The latitude of Mobile is 30.694N. The longitude is -88.043W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 193,464.


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Median household income
Local
$31,445
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Mobile demographic reports
Mobile is on the Mobile River.
Former and merged names include:
· Fort Charlotte
DeSoto's army fought Indians here in 1540.

Ruled by the French, the English and the Spanish before it became a U.S. possession in 1813.

Important Confederate port during the Civil War. It was here, in 1864, that here in 1864 Admiral David Farragut commanded, ''Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.''

Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "The Insider"
· 1977 movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Well-known residents have included:
· Hank Aaron, baseball player
· Willie McCovey, baseball player
· Satchel Paige, baseball player
· Jimmy Buffett, country singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Beaner?s Gourmet Coffee, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • BayFest Music Festival - Oct. 5-7, 2007
  • Mum Festival - Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 2007
  • Mobile International Festival - Nov. 17, 2007
  • Festival of Flowers - March 21-25, 2007
  • Founder's Day - Aug. 6, 2007
  • Alabama Pecan Festival - Nov. 2-4, 2007
  • Mobile Mardi Gras - Jan. 20- Feb. 29, 2007
  • Earth Fest - April 21, 2007
  • Tartan Day & Celtic Festival - April 21, 2007
  • Spring Azalea Festival - March 1-April 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Mobile web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Mobile Symphony
Mobile attractions: Mobile Botanical Gardens, Bellingrath Gardens
Sports teams: BayBears (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: USS Alabama, Fort Cond?, Cond?-Charlotte Museum House, Museum of Mobile, Gulf Coast Exploreum, AfricaTown, Mobile Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of South Alabama, University of Mobile, Spring Hill College, Bishop State Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 90
Quotes:
Mobile stays in the heart, loveliest of cities.
-- Stars Fell on Alabama
Carl Carmer

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Mobile demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Mobile County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Mobile area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 36602 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Mobile residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Mobile ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Mobile was $18,072, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

25% of Mobile residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Mobile include Ashland Place Historic District, Church Street East Historic District, De Tonti Square Historic District, Leinkauf Historic District, Lower Dauphin Street Historic District, Oakleigh Garden Historic District, Old Dauphin Way Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Mobile, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $384.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $790.


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Libraries

Libraries in Mobile include Cottage Hill Branch Library, Dauphin Island Parkway Branch, Mobile Public Library, Monte L. Moorer/Springhill Branch, Tillmans Corner Branch, Toulminville Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Mobile include Mobile Register

TV stations in Mobile include WALA, WEIQ, WKRG, WMPV, WPMI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WHIL-FM.

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Politics

Mobile County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Mobile political report.

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Mobile restaurants taking online reservations include The Pillars ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Mobile workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 62 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Mobile between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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