Alabama’s largest city is Birmingham with its international airport BHM which is a hub to Southwest Airlines.
Additionally, around Birmingham are the cities of Bessemer, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and the Center Point ‘Census Designated Population’ which add more than 100,000 to the general population of the Birmingham city area, which including Hoover above boasts a metropolitan district of 1,200,000 and is called by the census the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan area. This is roughly one fourth the population of Alabama, and is just in the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Birmingham is a major interstate crossroads with I-20, I-59 and I-65 all passing by as well as I-22 and I-459.
The next largest metropolitan area in Alabama is the Mobile district with approaching 600,000 in population. The Huntsville area on the north end of the state next boasts an area with a population of 350,000, folowed closely with the Montgomery area with 340,000. Columbus, Georgia on the south east border, about 45 minutes from Auburn University boasts a population of 270,000 in Alabama and Georgia. The greater Tuscaloosa area has 170,000 people and the Decatur Alabama population area is around 150,000. At 145,000 next comes the Florence Alabama area, then the Dothan Al area with 140,000and the Auburn region with 120,000. While demographers seperate Gadsden and Anniston, they should be combined to give the Gadsden, Anniston, Taledega area a population of 210,000.
Most important Alabama metropolitan regions by population, those with populations over 200,000;
|Greater Birmingham Metro||1,200,000|
|Greater Mobile Alabama||600,000|
|Greater Columbus Ga||270,000|
|Greater Gadsden Anniston||210,000|