I have lived in the Yellowhammer State for a total of 15 years. I worked in Birmingham for 14 years and now one year in Tuscaloosa. Alabama the Beautiful has some wonderful towns. I’ve lived in Pelham, Helena, and now Tuscaloosa.

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I know that depending on where you are from, your pronunciation of towns can vary. I lived in Helena, Alabama, for five years, and it was often mispronounced. Helena, it is Huh-LEEN-ah, but some would say Hell-EE-Nah or Hell-Ah-Nah.

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Traveling around the state of Alabama has given me so many stories to share. Some of my best visits have been to smaller towns. Like the one, I took to Oneonta, Alabama. I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric to recover a chair. The best meals are always at mom-and-pop-owned restaurants in small towns. I can still taste the cornbread salad. These travels also helped in learning how to say the names of the cities correctly.

After being in Alabama, you would think I could say Conecuh, but I can’t. It’s in Cuh-NECK-uh County. Here are my pronunciations of the towns that I feel like they are super hard to say. This always starts a debate.

Arab in Marshall County

Is it pronounced Ay-rab or I-rab.


Cairo in Limestone County



Conecuh County



Dauphin Island in Mobile County

Daw-Fin Island – it’s not Dolphin!


Flomaton in Escambia County



Guin in Marion County



Helena in Shelby County



LaFayette in Chambers County

Is it Luf-fett OR La-Fay-It


Loachapoka in Lee County



Pintlala in Montgomery County



Oneonta in Blount County

Is it Oh-nee-on-tuh, OR Ahn-ee-on-tuh.


Opelika in Lee County

Oh-peh-like-uh or some say Oh-pee-LACK-uh


Tallassee in Elmore and Tallapoosa County

Tae-luh-see, but I hear people say Tallahassee. I’m like there is NO h in the Alabama city.


Uriah in Monroe County



Wedowee  in Randolph County



If you have any towns that you would like to add to my list. Let me know on Instagram at @MaryKRadio

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