... The first Mardi Gras was held in Alabama. (Yes, really.)
... The first rocket was built in Alabama.
Alabama might be the first state on the list alphabetically, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is thinking about Alabama at first. Indeed, this is a state that is home to over 5 million people. It’s called the Heart of Dixie, but the area is truly experiencing a revival in terms of economy, diversity, and culture.
The median household income across the entire state is $48,123. Some of the largest employers within the state include AT&T, Maxwell Air Force Base, Boeing, Auburn University, and Regions Financial Corporation. Come for the delicious Southern food, then stay for the golf courses, college football, and fast races at Talladega Superspeedway.
The rivalry between the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide and Auburn University’s Tigers is second to none. The games are so intense that every game averages over 100,000 fans to come out and watch the sparks fly.
Alabama’s industrial and manufacturing roots are still felt across the state to this day, but the area has attracted multiple high-tech and aerospace firms over the years.