Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Retiring To Mobile, Alabama

More than a quarter of a million people live in the metropolitan area that covers 128 square miles. And though Mobile offers the amenities and infrastructure of a major metropolitan area, it has retained its sense of community and friendliness. The rest of the world is taking notice: Mobile has been honored with an All-America City designation by the National Civic League. A recent survey ranked the city as one of the top five most "polite" cities in the nation, and Mobile consistently ranks high in Money Magazine's "300 Best Places to Live" issue

Population: Mobile is the third most populous city in the state of Alabama and is the county seat of Mobile County. The population within the city limits was 198,915 as of the 2000 census

Mobile has a number of colleges and universities.
Bishop State Community College
Capps College
Faulkner University
Southeast College of Technology
Spring Hill College
University of Mobile
University of South Alabama
The University Of Alabama School Of Social Work - Distance Learning Program

Climate: Mobile's geographical location on the Gulf of Mexico provides a mild subtropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 67.5 °F (20 °C). Normal January through December temperatures range from 40 °F (4 °C) minimum and 91 °F (33 °C) maximum. Mobile has hot, humid summers and mild, rainy winters. A 2007 study by WeatherBill, Inc. determined that Mobile is the wettest city in the contiguous 48 states, with 67 inches of average annual rainfall

Health Care: Mobile serves the central Gulf Coast as a regional center for medicine. The city is served by over 850 physicians and 175 dentists. There are four major medical centers within the city limits: Mobile Infirmary Medical Center with 704 beds, Springhill Medical Center with 252 beds, Providence Hospital with 349 beds, and the University of South Alabama Medical Center with 346 beds and a level I trauma center. Additionally, the University of South Alabama also operates USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Transportation: Local airline passengers are served by the Mobile Regional Airport which directly connects to six major hub airports: Charlotte, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and Memphis. It is served by American Airlines, Continental Express, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlink and US Airways Express

Housing Cost: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $97,000 (it was $81,400 in 2000

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