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Present day Alabama is the center for automobile manufacture, space technology as well as research in medical fields. It has proud roots as the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement.
Important events took place in Alabama starting from the arrest of Rosa Parks in 1954. She was arrested for defying social norms at the time and sitting in the “white section” of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. It is important to remember this incident as it was the turning point in history. This incident made Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists of the time challenge inequality based on race in the South. It also sparked the infamous 1965 freedom march which took place from Selma to Montgomery with the goal of demanding equal voting rights.
The effects of this could be felt in 2001 as Alabama had the highest percentage of black elected officials.
Alabama used to be a cotton state but is now reliant on automobile and car part exports. In 2014, the car part and automobile exports made $7.3 billion. Hundreds of thousands of cars from Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota are shipped annually. To put the numbers into perspective, Alabama automakers collectively manufactured more than 918,000 cars as well as light trucks in 2013. This placed the state 5th regarding the car and light truck production in the United States.
Science and technology are booming in Alabama. The region is home to NASA’s U.S Space and Rocket Center which is located in Huntsville as well as amazing medical research programs at the University of Alabama.
Regarding real estate, Alabama is very affordable. The median home value in 2015 was $123,459 with the median rent being an affordable $863. Forbes ranked Birmingham, Alabama as the most affordable city in 2015. They said that 81.5% of the homes in Birmingham were affordable to all of the families who were earning the median pay of the area. Groceries also cost 5% less than the nation’s average.
Transportation and healthcare serve the city’s 212,113 people and cost 13% and 16% less respectively. If you’re inclined to live by the water, Alabama is one of the cheapest beach towns for owning a home. It also has an average temperature of 66.7 degrees which is lovely.
Alabama Crime Statistics
Crime has been decreasing all over the United States as the years go by. However, it is important to look at the data on smaller scales as national trends aren’t indicative of local criminal activity.
Let us look at the data from 2006 and compare it to the data from 2015 to see if the crime is increasing or decreasing in Alabama.
The data from 2006 is as follows –
- Violent Crimes – 19557
- Murder – 382
- Rape – 1649
- Aggravated Assault – 10467
- Robbery – 7059
- Property Crimes – 181021
- Burglary – 44571
- Larceny - 121610
- Vehicle Thefts - 14840
The data from 2015 is as follows –
- Violent Crimes – 22952
- Murder – 348
- Rape – 3495
- Aggravated Assault – 15954
- Robbery – 4611
- Property Crimes – 144746
- Burglary – 35255
- Larceny – 99156
- Vehicle Thefts – 10335
While there have been leaps in certain categories of crime, a couple steps backward have also been taken in certain categories like rape. More can and should be done so that innocent people don't suffer.
If you're worried about safety, just remember that a clear head and a bit of common sense go a long way in ensuring that you as well as everyone around you stays safe. You can stay safe by not taking unnecessary risks and by listening to the advice of everyone around you. Ultimately, it is impossible to stay 100% safe which is why you mustn't worry about an outcome.
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