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Mobile, Alabama
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The location of Mobile

Welcome to Mobile ...

The coastal city of Mobile is located in Mobile County and is the County Seat for Mobile County.

The pronunciation of Mobile: MOE-beel<1>

When the people of Mobile refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Mobilian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Mobile has a population of 190,265 people<3> (see below for details).

Mobile was established in 1702.

The community of Mobile is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Mobile lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Mobile lies within the (251) area code.

The ZIP codes for Mobile: 36601-36612, 36614-36619, 36621-36623, 36625-36626, 36628, 36630-36631, 36633, 36640-36641, 36644, 36652, 36660, 36663, 36670-36671, 36675, 36685, 36688-36691, 36693, 36695<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Mobile had a population of 195,111 people (which is 47.24% of the total population of Mobile County). This makes Mobile the county's most populous community.

The population of Mobile represents 4.08% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 195,111 people, the population of Mobile decreased 1.91% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 198,915 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Mobile had an population of 190,265 people. This is a decrease of 2.48% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 4.35% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Mobile.

Communities near Mobile ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Mobile and not the distance if you are going to drive.<6>.

Community   2017
Chickasaw   [Map]   5,794   N   5 miles [8 km]
Creola   [Map]   1,995   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Daphne   [Map]   25,960   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Fairhope   [Map]   20,935   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Loxley   [Map]   2,336   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Prichard   [Map]   21,732   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Mobile.

Communities Also Named Mobile ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Alabama communities named Mobile: This one is located in Mobile County and the other is located in Conecuh County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 4 communities that are also named Mobile - they are located in Arizona, Newfoundland and Labrador and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Mobile.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Mobile. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Mobile. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Mobile. Our list includes 139 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Mobile:

Websites for Mobile ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Mobile ...

Looking for more information about Mobile? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Mobile, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Mobile.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Mobile. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Mobile refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Mobile may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Mobile.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Mobile - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Mobile). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Mobile or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Mobile includes: 36601, 36602, 36603, 36604, 36605, 36606, 36607, 36608, 36609, 36610, 36611, 36614, 36615, 36616, 36617, 36618, 36621, 36622, 36625, 36628, 36630, 36633, 36640, 36644, 36652, 36660, 36663, 36670, 36675, 36685, 36688, 36689, 36690, 36693 & 36695.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mobile) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mobile. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mobile

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mobile. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6916, Longitude: -88.0461     [Map].

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