Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. It is the third-most-populous city in Alabama, and the most populous in Mobile County. Alabama's only saltwater port, Mobile is located on the Mobile River at the head of the Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city and is the 12th largest port in the United States.
Mobile is the principal municipality of the Mobile metropolitan area and the largest city in the Mobile-Daphne−Fairhope CSA. Considered one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centres, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, professional opera, professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is known for having the oldest organised Carnival or Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States.
Aerospace, steel, ship building, retail, services, construction, medicine, and manufacturing are Mobile's major industries. AlwaysHD, Foosackly's, Integrity Media, and Volkert, Inc. are headquartered in Mobile. Mobile's Alabama State Docks has a large container processing and storage facility.Shipbuilding is undertaken by Austal USA at its production facility for United States defence and commercial aluminium shipbuilding on Blakeley Island and by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, which operates a full-service shipyard.
The Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is an industrial complex and airport located 3 miles (5 km) south of the central business district of the city. It is the largest industrial and transportation complex in the region, having more than 70 companies, many of which are aerospace, spread over 1,650 acres (668 ha). Notable employers at Brookley include Airbus North America Engineering (Airbus Military North America's facilities are at the Mobile Regional Airport), ST Aerospace Mobile (a division of ST Engineering), and Continental Motors. Airbus A320 family aircraft are assembled in Mobile at the Brookley Aeroplex for the assembly of the A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, covering one million square feet on 53 acres of flat grassland. The top employers in the city include: Mobile County Public School System, University of South Alabama, Infirmary Health Systems, Austal USA, City of Mobile, Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., County of Mobile, AM/NS Calvert, Providence, AltaPointe Health Systems.
Mobile was ranked #282 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Mobile has a population of over 195,111 people. Mobile also forms part of the wider Mobile metropolitan area which has a population of over 412,992 people. Mobile is the #187 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.5425 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.