Vintage Alabama map from a 1911 encyclopedia. Back then, the text claimed that only 10% of the state’s inhabitants lived in a city. There were 201 incorporated cities, towns and villages; only three had more than 25,000 residents. Mobile was the largest city with 38,469. Birmingham had 38,415 and Montgomery (the capital city) had 30,346. Today, there are 460 incorporated cities and towns. Mobile has 195,111 residents, Birmingham 212,237 and Montgomery has 205,764. Birmingham is the most populated city and Huntsville is the largest city by land area.
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