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Bel Air, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Bel Air.

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How Far From Bel Air to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Bel Air to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Bel Air to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 89 miles [143.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Bel Air to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 651 miles [1,047.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,545 miles [10,533.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,254 miles [11,674.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,130 miles [8,255.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bel Air ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Bel Air.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Bel Air. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 15 communities in the United States - with 17 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Houston County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Houston County   [Map]
Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the South Southeast

Mobile County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Mobile County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Mobile County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,812 miles [2,916.1 km] to the West


Seminole County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the Southeast


Glynn County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Glynn County   [Map]
Distance: About 345 miles [555.2 km] to the East Southeast

McIntosh County

Our profile page for Bel Air, McIntosh County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Clark County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Bel Air, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Southwest

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Allegany County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the Northeast

Harford County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Northeast

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Nash County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Nash County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the East Northeast

Scotland County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Scotland County   [Map]
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Maury County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 142 miles [228.5 km] to the North

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Harrison County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the West

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Weber County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,477 miles [2,377 km] to the West Northwest

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Fairfax County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the Northeast

Stafford County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Stafford County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Bel Air. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bel Air) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bel Air. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5851, Longitude: -86.7214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bel Air have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Bel Air to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.632 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.245 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.25 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bel Air.