Mobile was colonial French Louisiana's first capital city and was colonized by France, Britain and Spain before it finally joined the United States in 1861. The city is the only seawater port in Alabama, and the Port of Mobile has been a central location for trade. It has consistently been an important piece of the region's economy. In the 20th century, Mobile's economy and population grew with the arrival of manufacturing, and the industry remains an important piece of the modern economy. Today, Mobile's most prominent industries also include retail, steel, shipbuilding, construction, services and aerospace. The economy has experienced extensive growth since 1993, and Mobile is easily accessible by car, train and plane.

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Mobile is the region's largest municipality and is Alabama's third largest city, with a population of 195,111. The city possesses many historic neighborhoods including Lexington, Campground, Church Street East, Ashland Place, Midtown, Lower Dauphin Street, Toulminville, Spring hill, Oakleigh Garden and Leinkauf. Along with a number of modern developments, the city offers a wide selection of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and multi-family houses.

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