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Moving to Alabama
Alabama has no official state nickname, but is called "The Heart of Dixie," "The Cotton State," and "The Yellowhammer State." The yellowhammer, also known as the Flicker, is a type of woodpecker. Rumor has it that the governor at the time had one as a pet and that is why he declared the Yellowhammer as the State Bird. Alabama enjoys year-round mild conditions. The average temperature is near 80° in summer, sometimes highs reach the mid 90s. The appeal is also a very pleasant climate with the temperature above 45° in winter.
Alabama became the 22nd state in 1819. Alabama ranks 30th among states in size, with an area of 52,423 square miles. According to the 2000 census, over 4.5 million Alabamians make the state their home. Alabama has hundreds of golf courses, and the Gulf Shores area is a prime vacation destination with beaches, golf, fishing, zoos, restaurants, shopping, and many family-friendly activities as well as casino gambling for adventurous adults.
Now that you are moving to Alabama, impress your friends and family with these interesting facts:
State capital is Montgomery.
The world's first electric trolley system opened in Montgomery in 1886.
State nut is the Pecan.
Huntsville is home to the Alabama Space and Rocket Center, one of the largest space museums in the world.
The University of Alabama opened in 1931 with 52 students and 4 teachers.
The first submarine boat in the world, The Hunley, was built in Mobile.
Birmingham is the largest city, followed by Mobile, then Montgomery.
Alabama scientist, George Washington Carver, discovered over 300 uses for the peanut in his research at the Tuskegee Institute.
State flower is the Camellia.
State wildflower is the Oak Leaf Hydrangea.
Mercedes Benz built an ultra modern assembly plant in Vance. Honda and Toyota now have plants in Alabama as well.
Montgomery was originally the capital of the Confederate States of America before it was moved to Richmond, VA in 1861.
Famous civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, was born in Tuskegee in 1913. A tired woman wanting to sit down on the bus after a long day’s work made history on December 1, 1955. She died in 2005 at the age of 92.
The unofficial state song is "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd whose members were not originally from Alabama.
The first Mardi Gras ever celebrated in the United States was in Mobile.
Auburn University was originally called East Alabama Male College.
The University of Alabama’s "Crimson Tide" made sports history with head football coach, Paul "The Bear" Bryant, achieving a record 323 victories in his tenure there from 1958 through 1982.
The state insect and also the state emblem is the Monarch Butterfly.
In the city of Enterprise, there is a monument to another insect, the boll weevil.
Enjoy your new home Alabama!