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Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the Cotton State. The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. Alabama's capital is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham, which has long been the most industrialized city; the largest city by land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana.

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Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many states in the southern U.S., suffered economic hardship, in part because of its continued dependence on agriculture. Like other southern states, Alabama legislators disfranchised African Americans and many poor whites at the turn of the century. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature from 1901 to the 1960s; urban interests and African Americans were markedly under-represented. Following World War II, Alabama grew as the state's economy changed from one primarily based on agriculture to one with diversified interests. The state economy in the 21st century is based on management, automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.

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Alabama has 11 Interstate Highways existing either partially or entirely within its state lines. These six major interstate routes and five auxiliary routes total 1,130 miles of roadway in Alabama. The longest of these interstates is Interstate 65 at 367 miles. I-65 is a major north-south route, beginning in the south at I-10 in Mobile, AL and ending at I-65 at the Tennessee state line near Ardmore, AL. Interstate 59 enters the state in the west at the Mississippi state line near Cuba, AL and runs 241.36 miles toward the northeast before leaving the state at the Georgia state line. Interstate 85 begins in Montgomery, AL at I-65/US 82 interchange, and leaves the state at the Georgia state line near Valley, AL. Interstate 20 is the longest east-west primary interstate in Alabama, stretching 214.7 miles from I-20 at the Mississippi state border near Cuba, AL to I-20 at the Georgia state line near Lebanon, AL. Interstate 22 also runs east-west from the Mississippi state line to I-65 in Birmingham, AL. Interstate 10 enters the state in the west at the Mississippi state line near Grand Bay, AL and continues east until leaving the state at I-10 at the Florida state line at the Perdido River. In addition to the state’s interstates, it also has 19 U.S. Highways. The longest U.S. Highway in the state is US 31, which runs north-south for 386.449 miles. US 31 begins in the south at US 90 in Spanish Fort, AL and continues north to I-65/US 31 at the Tennessee state line near Ardmore. The state of Alabama has only four toll roads in the state: Montgomery Expressway, Tuscaloosa Bypass, Emerald Mountain Expressway, and Beach Express.

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Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the Cotton State. The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. Alabama's capital is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham, which has long been the most industrialized city; the largest city by land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana.

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