Sweet home, Alabama. Sure, its not perfect but in many areas it shines.
Freedom to Grow Food and Tilapia Fish. Religious Freedom. Freedom to build. Freedom to Homeschool. Religious Exemption from vaccinations. Tiny house Freedom. Off-grid Freedom. Freedom to Hunt Wild Game.
Alabama does especially well on land-use and labor policies.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Alabama is lower compared to other states. Alabama's cost of living is 13.00% Lower than the U.S. average. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
The real estate market is ranked one of the lowest in the Nation. Grocery, Health, Utilities, Transportation are below the country's median average.
Alabama is the lowest-taxed state in the country.
Manufacturing Boom Now
Alabama has a strong manufacturing base already, but it’s likely to grow more in the coming years if major manufacturing returns to the US. Whether you agree with the current political climate or not, Alabama is a die-hard Republican state, and campaign promises that discuss lost manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt also apply to here in the deep south.
Southern charm and politeness.
Alabamians are known for their sweet tea, honey-dipped accents, turn of phrase, and Southern hospitality. They know how to "mind our manners" and more often than not, you'll be greeted in a friendly way when visiting Alabama. If you're born and raised in Alabama, you answer an adult's query with a "sir" or ma'am" after your "yes" or "no." It has nothing to do with race, class or creed. It's a matter of respecting your elders and Southern hospitality, which still exists in heaps.
Alabama has a very limited amount of those crowded or traffic infested spaces. The biggest traffic danger you’ll get caught up in is the church parking lot on Sunday mornings. Nobody leans on the horn or revs the engine, Alabaman's are just too polite for that sort of thing.
Universities such as Alabama and Auburn have funding for some great programs in science, business, and engineering. UAB has one of the best medical programs in the nation. They have strong masters and doctoral programs and the smaller institutions do, as well. The best programs at the major, public universities have fair cost. So if you’re looking to gain a degree or advance your education, Alabama can help you with that.
We could just say, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and leave it at that. But Alabama's literary landscape is so much richer. Beyond Atticus and Scout Finch, it is populated with quirky and loveable characters like Forrest Gump, Idgie Threadgoode ("Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Edward Bloom ""Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" and Peejoe Bullis "Crazy in Alabama," to name a few.