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Saraland: A Fast Growing City

Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown skyline.

Saraland, Alabama is a city that is currently experiencing incredible growth on a daily basis. From an increase in population to a spark in development, Saraland is certainly making a name for itself in both Alabama and the nation. Let’s take a closer look at the impressive growth Saraland is experiencing.


The Numbers

  • 71 New Housing Permits in 2016
  • 3050 City School Students
  • 56 Annexations in 2016
  • 13,744 people call Saraland home


History of Saraland

Saraland was incorporated in 1957 and was a Spanish land grant to Don Diego Alvarez in the early 1800’s. Former names of the city include Alvarez Station, Cleveland Station and eventually Saraland after Sara DeWitt, who was the wife of C.J. DeWitt. Mr. DeWitt opened the city’s first post office in 1895 on the Southern Railroad and was able to name the area Saraland after his beloved wife.


Population Growth

Saraland was sparsely populated in the first part of the 20th century until a population boom occurred when an influx of industrial activity began happening in neighboring Mobile. The Northward expansion of Mobile in 1940s and 1950s brought about the creation of Saraland in 1957. At this time, there were only 125 people living in Saraland. By 1960, the population had grown to 4,595 and by 1980 Saraland had grown to 9,844 people. Today over 13,700 people call Saraland home.

New Construction Projects in Saraland

Ladas Development announced a new retail center at 1201 Industrial Parkway called the Shoppes of Saraland, which is 100 percent leased prior to construction. Tenants include Marble Slab Creamery, Hibachi Express and Great American Cookie Company.

At the end of July it was announced that the 31st Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Alabama would be located in Saraland. Ground has already broken for the new restaurant and it will be located at 88 Shell Street. The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be 10,000 square feet and will sit 180 guests and have over 175 full and part time employees. It will open in March 2018

Recently, Publix officials have applied for site plans in Saraland to build a new Publix grocery store off of Highway 158 near Shell Road. The construction is set to begin in the summer.

In June, Alorica Telecommunications Center announced they would be hiring 70 new employees to supplement the already 1,100 local Saraland employees they have. The new call center will help the company expand its customer services.


Why People Love Saraland

Saraland is one of the safest and greatest places to live in both Alabama and the nation. From the incredible people to the up and coming developments bringing new restaurants, shopping, apartment complexes and new construction homes to the area, there is so much to love about living in Saraland.


Interested in making Saraland, Alabama your new home? Contact one of our real estate agents at Jackson & Associates today! We look forward to helping you find your dream home in a city we know you will love to call home.