Mobile is located in southwest Alabama at the head of Mobile Bay, 31 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It is the second largest metropolitan area in Alabama and the state’s major port.
The metropolitan area includes Mobile and Baldwin counties and covers 2,828 square miles. The dominant urban area is the city of Mobile, measuring 159.4 square miles of the 1,238 square miles in Mobile County.
Cost of Living
From Old South charm to sleek modern practicality - the housing styles available in Mobile are endless. A home in Mobile is not only affordable; it’s a great investment.
A low cost of living and a high quality of life are reasons why Mobile is continuously ranked in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” annual survey.
The average cost of a home purchased during 2012 was $128,002 well below the national average. During the past several years, the average cost of a home has ranked well below the national average.
ACCRA, the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association, produces a quarterly cost of living index for over 300 cities throughout the United States. The ACCRA index uses the national average as a base of 100.0 and ranks the cities accordingly. Mobile's cost of living is among the 15 lowest out of the 80 mid-size U.S. metropolitan areas according to the ACCRA survey.