About Saraland

Accolades for Saraland and the Surrounding Area

Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) released its American Cities of the Future 2017/18 – spanning 12 pages in the April/May edition. Mobile landed in the No. 3 spot in the Small Cities – FDI strategy category. (April 2017)

Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine’s July issue followed Mobile’s pursuit of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing facility from start to finish in an eight-page spread. (2016)

Just in time for the Farnborough Air Show, Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine published its 2016 Aerospace Cities of the Future. In the accompanying article, the magazine named Mobile as one of eight cities getting it right when it comes to top-quality education and training programs as well as logistical excellence. (2016)

Southern Business and Development also recognized Mobile’s burgeoning aerospace industry, listing the city one of three Best Mid-Markets in the Mid-South. (2016)

Mobile’s manufacturing growth continues to draw attention. New Geography, a website covering demographic, social and economic trends, ranked Mobile No. 4 on its 2016 list of Best Cities for Job Growth in the mid-sized cities category. (2016)

SmartAsset.com, in determining the “Best U.S. Cities for Boat Owners,” put Mobile in the 9th spot. (May 2016)
GoodCall.com released a report listing Mobile as No. 37 out of 338 metro areas as one of the best places in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs. The news came on American Business Women’s Day, Sept. 22, 2016. (September, 2016)

Wallet Hub named Mobile 44th on its list of 150 Most Fun Cities in America. The ranking was based on entertainment & Recreation; nightlife & parties; and costs. (September 2016)

GoBankingRates.com listed Mobile as the 5th cheapest retirement city in America. (October 2016)

Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) ranked Mobile No. 5 in the Small American Cities of the Future 2015/2016 in the Business Friendly category. (2015)

Forbes.com ranked Mobile No. 1 among Mid-Sized Cities for New Manufacturing Growth. (2015)

CNN Money ranked Mobile No. 5 nationwide for a “living wage.” (2015)

NerdWallet.com ranked Mobile No. 10 among its Top 10 U.S. Cities on the Rise and No. 11 among Cities with the Fast Growing Incomes. (2015)

Thrillist.com named Mobile on of the most underrated U.S. smaller markets, in an effort to highlight eight “unsung American municipalities” with populations between 100,000 and 300,000. (May 2015)

ZipRecruiter ranked Mobile No. 19 among Top Southern Cities for Jobs. (2015)

Southern Business and Development in its 2015 “Best of Economic Development Alabama” awards listed Mobile as one of the top three cities for Manufacturing Workforce and African-American Business Ownership.

United Airlines’ Dossier magazine featured Alabama in June with a 40-plus page package that included several stories on and mentions of Mobile.


Leo, the Saraland Lions Club mascot, standing at the historical marker.

Leo, the Saraland Lions Club mascot, standing at the historical marker.


The area that was to become the present day Saraland was included in a Spanish land grant to Don Diago Alvarez. Hence, descendants of Alvarez were the ones to give the community its first name – Alvarez Station. Later land squatters moved into the area and were able, legally, in 1800 to begin purchasing property. In 1807 a land office was opened in St. Stephens to handle all land transactions. Some of the pioneer families who seized the opportunity to buy up sections were named Alvarez, Rice, Hartley, Moore, LaCoste, Williams, Tool and Cleveland. Ultimately, Alvarez Station was called Cleveland Station. The present name of the city is reported to have been given by C.J. DeWitt, a retired minister editor who moved south in 1890 for health reasons. He opened the first post office on the Southern Railroad in 1895. The Community is purported to be the namesake of his beloved wife, Sara.

Saraland was sparsely populated during the first part of the 20th century, until an industrial and population boom occurred in neighboring Mobile. Northward expansion of Mobile in the 1940’s and 1950’s brought about the incorporation of Saraland in 1957. At the time of incorporation, the city reported only 125 residents. By the 1960 U.S. Census, annexations had swelled the population to 4,595. In 1980, census figures cited 9,844 Saraland residents. Current census records report that as of 2000, Saraland’s population has grown to 12,288.