Approximately 5,000 inhabitants spread over several smaller villages such as; Ål, Torpo, Leveld, Vats, Trillhus, Granhagen, Breie. Large cultural tradition, folk-music is a big part of peoples identity. Lots of hydropower, Hallingdalselva runs partly in tunnel from hear to Nes municipality, where it drives a large turbine power plant.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 November 1984. The arms show three silver diamond shapes in a vertical line on a red background. The designs are taken from an old and common pattern used in hand-woven tapestries in the area. They also symbolize the three churches in the municipality: Ål, Torpo, and Leveld.
Ål Bygdamuseum is built around the old Leksvol farm, and is very typical for the area. The buildings go back to the 17th century. In later years the museum have made additional installments, Øvre tunet, Stølen, and Husmannsplassen, where a stone cottage is reconstructed, similar to those used in the mountain sæter.