Huntsville, now Alabama’s largest city, overtakes Birmingham

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) – Huntsville has overtaken Birmingham as the largest city in Alabama, according to new census figures.

Huntsville is now slightly more populated than Birmingham, according to U.S. census figures released Thursday. Huntsville has a population of 215,006. Birmingham, which has long been Alabama’s largest city, has a population of 200,733.

However, the Birmingham metropolitan area remains the largest in the state. The Birmingham-Hoover metro statistical area has 1.1 million residents, while the Huntsville metro area has 491,723.

Huntsville, nicknamed the Rocket City for its historic ties to the space industry, has grown rapidly over the past decade, fueled in part by the technology and manufacturing sectors. The city’s population has jumped 19% since 2010.

“I’m proud that the great things we have going on in Huntsville have grown our city,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle wrote in a tweet. “To tell the truth, we are more focused on being the best than the greatest. This is what my team and I will continue to work on every day.

Birmingham has been given the nickname of Magic City for its rapid growth and has long been Alabama’s largest city. Much of the recent growth around Birmingham has been concentrated in the surrounding suburban areas, rather than in the city itself.

“Growth in any city is good for Alabama, good for Birmingham and for our metro area,” Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin said in a statement in response to media questions about the change to become. the second largest city in Alabama. He said city officials plan to analyze the data.

“Birmingham is the nucleus of the largest metropolitan population and economic center in the state. The Magic City continues to evolve as a diverse urban center and a leader in regional growth. Our strength as a medical center, emerging hub for technology start-ups and logistics hub keeps Birmingham positioned for positive growth going forward, ”said Woodfin.

Montgomery is the third largest city in Alabama with a population of 200,603.

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