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Mobile – Invest in 300 Years of America

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Mobile, Alabama combines Southern tradition, beauty and charm with all the elements of a fast-growing, successful community.

Rich in history, Mobile was founded by French explorer Jean Baptiste LeMoyne of Bienville in 1702. French, English, Spanish and Native American influences have blended to create a unique culture influencing everything from our celebration of Mardi Gras to the gumbo we eat to the architecture of our homes.

Mobile is a picturesque city located at the mouth of the Mobile River along Mobile Bay, leading to the Gulf of Mexico. More than 590,000 residents live in the metropolitan area covering 2,828 square miles.

In 30 minutes you can be on the sandy-white beaches of Dauphin Island in south Mobile County, or ferry from there across Mobile Bay to Gulf Shores in a few minutes more. The mountains of northern Alabama are within a few hours drive.

Mobile’s diversity is mirrored in a plethora of activities – from the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo to fresh water fishing, antique shopping to outlet bargains, baseball to football, museums to the modern IMAX Dome Theater, tee-time on the course to tea time at a historic Plantation home, world-renown Bellingrath Gardens to the Battleship USS ALABAMA, Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta to greyhound racing, Mardi Gras to the Christmas parade of Boats along Dog River – Mobile is a great place to live and work.

Just For Fun

  • Mobile celebrated its Tricentennial in 2002.
  • Mobile is the birthplace of modern-day Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States with the first parade in 1704, 62 years before New Orleans adopted the celebration.
  • Our oldest living resident, The Duffee Oak, is a 300-year-old tree, and is one of 3,000 live oak trees in Mobile that are more than 100 years old.
  • Each year 50 young ladies come here to compete in the Distinguished Young Women pageant (formerly America's Junior Miss), a title previously won by Dianne Sawyer of ABC television’s Good Morning America.
  • Senior Bowl stars such as Joe Namath, Lee Roy Jordan and Bo Jackson played in Mobile in the annual college all-star game attracting so many scouts it’s sometimes called a mini-NFL convention.
  • Ladd-Peebles Stadium is home to the GoDaddy.com Bowl, a NCAA College Division I bowl game.
  • Mobile is known as the Azalea City. First brought here in 1754, these spring blooms can be found in almost every yard.