Alabama Facts and Figures: Moving South

Learn about Southern Alabama facts and figures and why this area of the state is considered a great choice to make when homesteading in rural Alabama.


| January/February 1988



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Through a combination of moderate climate, lower building-supply costs and low rates of state and local taxes, the cost of living comfortably is dramatically lower in the South than in the North.


PHOTO: WILLIAM WALDRON

Southern Alabama facts and figures show why this is the one sun belt state where real estate is still affordable and the land is untouched by commercial developers. 

Southern Alabama Facts and Figures

Northerners in the Deep South are often called snowbirds. It doesn't seem to matter if we're just here to escape the bedeviling winters of our native homes or if we've actually come to stay. (There was, of course, a time when we were given far less complimentary nicknames, but — for most of my neighbors — the edge of that old sword has long since been dulled and retired to a scabbard of antiquity.)

I've lived in Escambia County for more than 10 years now, and more settlers from the Far North seem to be arriving each day. We like it here — and "here" is not one of the Southern urban centers. Cities are cities. We've chosen small town U.S.A. with a rural Southern accent.

Oh, sure, you can expect to experience a degree of culture shock when you first arrive. It isn't describable in positive or negative terms; it's just different. But for those of us who settle in, this is home now. And it's a warm hearth.

I'm from a woodsy setting in the upper Great Lakes region, so adapting to a small town has been easier for me than it might be for someone from a megalopolis. I first came South during my stint in the military and fell in love with the region. Later, as a freshly graduated archeologist and museum curator, I sought to return here to work in an environment that is pleasant year-round and to live in this most cordial and affordable region.

My first impressions have lost some of their shine, like an old penny with a brown patina, but there are some attitudes that can be clearly distinguished as "Northernisms" or as "Southernisms." Please remember, however, that these are more or less broad generalities and aren't meant to apply universally to every particular circumstance or locality.





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