About Semmes:


Alabama's 461st city 

'Having a voice in our future'


The Semmes Community voted on August 17, 2010 by nearly a 3 to 1 margin to become Alabama 's 461'st municipality.   Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis declared the City of Semmes incorporated with a population of 2,897 on May 2, 2011 after an official census of the municipality was completed.   Semmes is located almost in the center of Mobile County , Alabama and covers over 2,100 acres.  Semmes is located at 30.778N, -88.259W. Elevation is 256 feet. The Semmes area is bounded to the North by the City of Citronelle, bounded to the East by the City of Saraland and City of Prichard , bounded to the Southeast by the City of Mobile , and finally bounded to the West by Big Creek Lake . 

Semmes functions as a Class 8 municipality with a Mayor/Council form of government.  The Council is represented by 5 members who are elected to serve a four-year term. 

Historically, the Semmes Community was founded around the railroad and the Semmes Land Company was incorporated in November, 1900, Book 3 Page 484.  The rail was set up to transport harvested yellow pine from areas north of the community, as well as to provide passenger transportation.   The community was named for Admiral Raphael Semmes (18091877), an officer in the United States Navy from 1826 to 1860 and the Confederate States Navy from 1860 to 1865.

Today, Semmes is best known for its large nurseries that produce ornamental shrubs, the most popular being the azalea.  Our nurseries grow many of the azaleas sold throughout the United States -- several varieties developed at Semmes nurseries have won national recognition and awards.  Locally owned nurseries have become a large part of the City's character and charm.  Our subtropical climate is ideal for growing ornamentals.  The Annual Semmes Azalea Festival (named for the plant) is sponsored by the Semmes Chamber of Commerce.  Thousands of attendees and participates turn out for this event which raises funds for several charities.

There are two elementary schools that service the Semmes Community - Allentown Elementary and Semmes Elementary.  We boast the State's largest middle school - Semmes Middle.  And at Mary G. Montgomery High School, we're the home of the Vikings.  These schools are all part of the Mobile County Public School System.  

Since our City's incorporation, Semmes has attracted many new businesses due to our "business friendly atmosphere."    Semmes boasts the LOWEST city general sales tax in all of Mobile County at 3.0%.  There is also no "city" property tax for landowners. 


Semmes is more of a simpler way of life than a place - and as we grow, it is our desire to maintain our friendly, neighborly atmosphere, while preserving the rural community character we've developed over the last 100+ years.



Last Updated:  March 17, 2017

City of Semmes
Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 1757
Street Address:  7875 Moffett Road, Unit #F
Semmes, AL  36575

Phone 251/649-8811                FAX 251/649-7711

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