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Coordinates: 34°53′13.41″N 86°19′25.32″W / 34.8870583°N 86.3237°W / 34.8870583; -86.3237

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Map of North Alabama counties shaded in, with metropolitan areas labeled. (counties not included in a metropolitan area are shaded in red)

North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally considered to include 16 counties: Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston, with a combined population of 1,000,985, or 20.94% of the state's population as of 2010 Census.

The anchor city of the region is Huntsville, but other cities of notable size include (in order of population): Decatur, Florence (along with its sister cities Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia), Madison, and Athens.

Decatur and Florence share the designation of anchor city for Northwestern Alabama because they are the largest economic centers north of Birmingham and west of Huntsville. Most corporations use Decatur as a regional hub for the Northwest Alabama region because Huntsville is located further east. However, historically Florence has been the main cultural center of the northwest.

Locals tend to refer to this area as the "Tennessee Valley" in reference to the Tennessee River, which flows through the northernmost part of the state. A section of East Tennessee shares the "Tennessee Valley" name. Large parts of North Alabama are low upland, the eastern regions part of the Cumberland Plateau, marked by tablelands incised with gorges, some of them, such as Little River Canyon in DeKalb County, of considerable depth.

Counties/Cities/Census-Designated Areas

Metropolitan Areas

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Huntsville is the largest city in North Alabama
  • Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area
  • Huntsville Metropolitan Area
  • Decatur Metropolitan Area
  • The Shoals

Micropolitan Areas

  • Albertville micropolitan area
  • Fort Payne Micropolitan Area
  • Scottsboro Micropolitan Area

Principal Cities

  • Huntsville
  • Decatur
  • Madison
  • Florence
  • Athens

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