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Alabama's Diversity Could Help Measure the Economy

Jun 12, 2008
Alabama is one of the great states in the U. S. Known for its beautiful gulf coast region in the South, as well as its hilly and mountainous North, Alabama has much to offer its residents and visitors. As the economy continues to decline, however, Alabama is as affected as anyone. In fact, Alabama falls on the lower end of the economic spectrum and therefore makes a great measuring stick for recession and difficult economic times.

Land for sale in Alabama is a great measuring stick for the cause and effect relationship of the economy and the factors that lead to prosperity and recession. Because of Alabama's diverse population and numerous levels of socio-economic status, it offers a unique look at one economy's (the U.S. national economy) effect on another micro-economy (the local state economy).

Coastal Alabama

The Southern part of Alabama, along the Gulf Coast, is of particular interest during our current recession. Though it did not receive nearly as much damage as Mississippi's Gulf region, nor the national media attention of New Orleans, there was still significant damage done to homes and businesses during Hurricane Katrina. As rebuilding efforts near completion, Alabama land for sale in the area gives us insight into the lasting effects.

Unlike the Casino-ridden coasts of Mississippi, and the poverty-rich New Orleans ninth ward, Alabama's affected region offers a more comprehensive view of society, and we can see how the damage has affected the affluent, as well as the impoverished.

Birmingham and Central Alabama

The majority of Alabama's population is situated in the central part of the state in the triangular area formed by Montgomery, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa. The extremes of Alabama's socio-economic population live here in abundance. Like any metropolitan area, Birmingham offers a rich suburban environment in area's like Hoover, where the average income is well above the inner-city average of Birmingham itself.

Montgomery and Tuscaloosa also offer a lot in the way of economic indicators for the state and the country as a whole. Tuscaloosa as a somewhat affluent college town, offers a great cross-section of students, white and blue collar workers, as well as young professionals. So, these cities offer a lot of insight into Alabama land for sale and the prices as they are relative to the rest of the nation.

Huntsville and Northern Alabama

Huntsville is a major city in the northern part of the state that is pretty affluent. Known as a major hub for NASA, Huntsville is the home of the NASA Space Center and is home to training camps for NASA scientists and astronauts. The world famous Space Camp is held here during the summers as well, offering children of fairly affluent parents the opportunity to experience a sample of what NASA astronauts go through.

Being on the upper end of the economic spectrum, Huntsville can also serve as a measuring device for the economy, particularly in reference to effect that it has on more affluent areas throughout the country. While land for sale in Alabama as a whole is suffering, so far the Huntsville area is doing extremely well, compared to the rest of the nation.

If you want to forecast the future of our nation's economic issue, particularly in the real estate market, look to these areas in Alabama as good measuring devices.
About the Author
Art Gib is a freelance writer and REMAX Alabama is a home and real estate company offering real estate and land for sale in Alabama. For more information, visit them online.
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