Northwest Alabama is a subdivision of the North Alabama region, and includes the cities of Decatur, Florence, Russellvile, and their surrounding areas in the state of Alabama. The county inclusion varies, usually only consisting of the Decatur Metropolitan Area and Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area. Sometimes the city of Athens, and western portions of the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, are included. But, these areas are usually associated with a separate political region such as North Central Alabama or Northeast Alabama. When all county populations are combined, the entire region is constituted of 450,525 people.
Metropolitan AreasRank Metro Area Population 2006 estimates 1 Decatur Metropolitan Area 149,269 2 Florence-Muscle ShoalsMetropolitan Area 142,950
Major CitiesRank City Population 2006 estimates Metro Area 1 Decatur 55,758 Decatur 2 Florence 36,721 Florence-Muscle Shoals 3 Hartselle 13,479 Decatur 4 Muscle Shoals 12,703 Florence-Muscle Shoals 5 Sheffield 9,652 Florence-Muscle Shoals
Areas in italics aren't traditional included in the NW Alabama regionRank County Population 2006 estimates County seat Metro Area 1 Morgan115,237 Decatur Decatur 2 Lauderdale87,891 Florence Florence-Muscle Shoals 3 Limestone72,446 AthensHuntsville3 Colbert54,984 TuscumbiaFlorence-Muscle Shoals 4 Lawrence34,321 MoultonDecatur 5 Franklin30,847 RussellvilleNone 6 Marion30,165 HamiltonNone 7 Winston24,634 Double SpringsNone
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