Mobile, Alabama is a city located along the southwestern coast of Alabama. Mobile has experienced rapid population growth throughout its history. It reached 77,546 by 2010 and ranks as the 4th largest city in the state of Alabama. Currently, Mobile is the 9th largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. The city is known as the “Gateway to the Gulf” for its large deepwater port, which is protected by an island. The Port of Mobile has helped create new jobs and economic opportunities within the region through maritime industry growth.
The main industries in Mobile are energy, ship building and maintaining, steel fabrication and production, industrial machinery repair, food services, computer software development/services and tourism.
Mobile, Alabama is a popular tourist location. There are various museums within the city in addition to high-end shopping locations and restaurants. Other fun activities to do in Mobile include visiting picturesque beaches, taking cruises, or fishing on one of the many boats available for rent near coastal cities.