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As of the 2010 Census, there are 460 incorporated cities and towns in Alabama. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-03-01.xls ''US Census'' "March 2011 Estimate of Alabama cities"]</ref>
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 460 incorporated cities and towns in Alabama. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-03-01.xls ''US Census'', "March 2011 Estimate of Alabama cities"]</ref>
 
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This page contains a list of cities in Alabama, and other information about local governments.

Alabama does not allow municipal charter cities. There are 67 total counties in Alabama. Of those 67:

There are 460 total municipalities in Alabama, all of which are General law municipalities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Alabama consists of:

  • Counties: the State of Alabama is divided into 67 counties. 2 counties, Shelby and Baldwin, have been granted home rule status by special acts of the state legislature.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
  • Municipalities, which may be:
Cities: according to Alabama State Code 11-40-6, any incorporated municipality with a population of over 2,000 is a city.
Towns: According to Alabama State Code 11-40-6, any incorporated municipality with a population of less than 2,000 is a town.[2]
There are 460 cities and towns in Alabama. Alabama state law does not provide for a process of adopting a charter for municipalities.
  • In addition, there are 548 special districts and 132 independent school districts.[1]

Classification of cities

All cities are divided up into eight classes based on population:

Alabama Code 11-40-12

(a) There are hereby established eight classes of municipalities based on the population as certified by the 1970 federal decennial census, as authorized by Amendment No. 375, Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as follows:

Class 1: All cities with a population of 300,000 inhabitants or more;
Class 2: All cities with a population of not less than 175,000 and not more than 299,999 inhabitants;
Class 3: All cities with a population of not less than 100,000 and not more than 174,999 inhabitants;
Class 4: All cities with a population of not less than 50,000 and not more than 99,999 inhabitants;
Class 5: All cities with a population of not less than 25,000 and not more than 49,999 inhabitants;
Class 6: All cities with a population of not less than 12,000 and not more than 24,999 inhabitants;
Class 7: All cities with a population of not less than 6,000 and not more than 11,999 inhabitants;
Class 8: All cities and towns with a population of 5,999 inhabitants or less.
(b) The Legislature may refer, in the title thereof, to the class or classes of municipalities herein set out, in adopting general laws.
(c) Any municipality incorporated after June 28, 1979, shall be placed in one of the above classes according to the population of the municipality at the time of its incorporation.[2][3]

Laws governing local ballot measures

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Alabama

Counties

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Counties have very limited powers of initiative and referendum for the establishment or repeal of certain ordinances and powers that are established in State Code 11-3A. These powers are restricted to issues of Public Health and Safety only to include:

(1) Abatement of weeds as a public nuisance as defined in Section 11-67-60.

(2) Subject to the provisions of Section 6-5-127, control of animals and animal nuisances.
(3) Control of litter as defined in subsection (b) of Section 13A-7-29, or rubbish as defined in subdivision (4) of Section 22-27-2.
(4) Junkyard control of areas which create a public nuisance because of an accumulation of items described in the definition of a junkyard under Section 11-80-10.
(5) Subject to the provisions of Section 6-5-127, abatement of noise, unsanitary sewage, or pollution creating a public nuisance as defined in Sections 6-5-120 and 6-5-121.[2][3]

Municipalities

Any municipality with the Optional Form A of government is granted authority for Initiative and Referendum. However, there are no cities currently using this form of government so this provision is not currently applicable.[4]

Some cities have claimed initiative and referendum powers independent of explicit State Law authority. Out of 53 cities that responded to a survey, 5 claimed to have initiative and referendum powers. If this percentage is applied to all the municipalities, then approximately 43 municipalities have initiative and referendum powers.[1]

Notably, Birmingham, which is the only city under the Mayor-Council form of government pursuant to the Mayor Council Act of 1955, has the powers of Initiative and Referendum, requiring signatures equaling 10% of voters in the last election.[4][5]

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10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Alabama
City[6] Population City Type Next election
Birmingham 212,038 General law Special Election[7]
Montgomery 205,293 General law Has no I&R
Mobile 194,822 General law Has no I&R
Huntsville 183,739 General law Has no I&R
Tuscaloosa 93,357 General law Has no I&R
Hoover 83,412 General law Has no I&R
Dothan 57,382 General law Has no I&R
Auburn 56,908 General law Has no I&R
Decatur 55,996 General law Has no I&R
Madison 44,972 General law Has no I&R

Full List of Cities

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As of the 2010 Census, there are 460 incorporated cities and towns in Alabama. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[8]

See also

References