The metro is a great location to consider buying a rental if you like southern living, shopping, and great restaurants.Polls, Rankings and ListsLocal LinksCounties in this Metropolitan AreaBibb CountyBlount CountyChilton CountyJefferson CountySt. Clair CountyShelby CountyWalker CountyEventsLocal BuildersAbout the state of Alabama Alabama is a red state, going for Bush, McCain, and Romney in the last three presidential elections. Alabama is a right to work state. The current governor of Alabama is a Republican. Compared to other states, Alabama has moderate income taxes, high sales taxes, and low property taxes.