Alabama is the 30th-largest state in America by area. It has a total area of 52,419 square miles. A total of 3.2% of this area is water, with Alabama having the second-largest waterway system in the country. Alabama is also heavily forested, with roughly two-thirds of the state being covered in forests. In fact, Alabama has four separate National Forests within its borders. These National Forests include Talladega, Tuskegee, Conecuh, and William B. Bankhead.
Alabama has an average-sized population by the standards of American states. It is ranked 24th in population. The US Census Bureau has estimated Alabama's 2020 population at 5,024,279. The state's population is growing, although at a relatively slow rate of 5.12% from 2010 to 2020. This is a slower rate of growth than most states in America.
Alabama's largest city is Huntsville, with an estimated population of 215,006. Alabama's best-known city, Birmingham, has a slightly smaller population of 200,733. However, the Birmingham metropolitan area, which includes Hoover, is the most populous in the state. It has an estimated population of 1,090,435. The Birmingham combined statistical area, which includes Talladega in addition to Hoover, has an estimated population of 1,317,702.
Alabama has approximately 7.88% the land area of Alaska. In other words, Alaska is approximately 12.69 times larger than Alabama.
Rhode Island has approximately 2.95% the land area of Alabama. In other words, Alabama is approximately 33.93 times larger than Rhode Island.
The area of Alabama is 52,420 square miles.
Alabama is the 21st smallest state in the US.
The next smallest state is Louisiana and the next largest state is Arkansas.