Out of the 67 counties in the state of Alabama, Jefferson is the most populated. Located in the north central part of the state, this county sits at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. The County Seat is Birmingham, which happens to be the most populous city in the entire state. Beautiful homes and apartments for rent in Jefferson County include refurbished buildings from the Civil War era. Huntsville, in Madison County, is known as being the "birthplace of Alabama." It is the second most populated city in the state and has a mix of both suburban and city living choices. Mobile County has the only saltwater port in the state, and the third-most populous city shares its County's name. Home to the original Wright Brothers' flight school, historic Montgomery is the State Capitol and is located in Montgomery County.
Top employers in Alabama contain a mix of government and private sector employees. The largest in the state is the U. S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Over 35,000 people work as active duty military, civilians and contractors. The University of Alabama in Birmingham is a global leader in medical research and employs approximately 18,000. Montgomery's Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is run by over 12,000 employees. The fourth largest employer is the Huntsville Hospital System. Over 7,000 people serve those living in the northern part of the state as well as many from south central Tennessee. BellSouth is the fifth largest company, employing over 5,000 people.