Alabama Fun Facts
Information About Alabama, Alabama Geography, and Alabama Schools
Alabama, the Yellowhammer State or The Heart of Dixie (both unofficial nicknames), ranks 30th in total land area and 23rd in population with almost 4.6 million residents in 2006. Residents of Alabama are referred to as Alabamans.
While many think "Sweet Home Alabama" is the state song, the official state song of Alabama is called Alabama and starts: "Alabama, Alabama, We will aye be true to thee,/ From thy Southern shores where groweth."
Alabama is abbreviated AL and its state capital is Montgomery. Birmingham is the largest city. The oldest city is Mobile. The Gulf of Mexico is the only bordering body of water.
Alabama's major industry is agriculture (cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, poultry, and livestock). Alabama borders the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.
The state bird of Alabama is the Yellowhammer and the state tree is the Southern Longleaf Pine.
There were 747,932 K12 students in the Alabama public schools in 1996. Out of those students 63,665 were first grade students. There were also 41,463 k12 public school teachers in the Alabama public schools system. There were a total of 1,477 Alabama public schools in 1996. (Source: IES National Center for Education Statistics)
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