There’s no denying that Alabama is a great place to call home. However, there are several things about our great state that could (and should) be improved. Listed below are 10 unpleasant facts about Alabama that just might shock you.
1. Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.
According to Neighborhood Scout, Birmingham is the 12th most dangerous city in the U.S. It's ranked #25 for most murders in the U.S.
2. Alabama has one of the worst public school systems in the country.
In 2015, according to WalletHub, Alabama ranked #39 in "School System Quality."
3. Alabama's unemployment rate is above the national average.
In December 2015, the national unemployment rate was 5.0%. In Alabama, the unemployment rate was 6.2%.
4. Each year in Alabama, a high number of traffic deaths are caused by drunk driving.
In 2012, according to MADD, 30% of total traffic deaths in Alabama were caused by drunk driving.
5. Alabama is one of the poorest states in the U.S.
Sadly, in Alabama, more than one in four children live in poverty.
6. Alabama houses a high number of inmates on death row.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Alabama ranks #4 in number of inmates on death row. As of March 2, 2016, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections, there are 184 inmates on death row in Alabama.
7. Alabama has a high teen pregnancy rate.
In 2011, Alabama was ranked #1 for teen births among females aged 15-19.
8. A high number of smokers are living in Alabama.
According to County Health Rankings 2015, the percentage of adult smokers in Alabama is 22%. In 2011, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 23% of kids in grades 9-12 were smokers.
9. Alabama has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the U.S.
According to "The State of Obesity," Alabama's adult obesity rate is currently 33.5%, up from 22.6% in 2000 and from 11.2% in 1990.
10. Alabama has definitely seen its fair share of tornadoes.
As a matter of fact, Alabama is tied with Oklahoma for the most reported F5/EF5 tornadoes.