A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Alabama definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Alabama where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Heart of Dixie, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 61 largest places in Alabama, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Gadsden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Talladega (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Anniston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jacksonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pell City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ozark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Selma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eufaula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bessemer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up Fairhope (the most expensive place in Alabama) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Alabama and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Heart of Dixie For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Alabama to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 61 places in Alabama that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is located on the Coosa River about 56 miles northeast of Birmingham and 90 miles southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the primary city of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 103,931. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 36,856, with an estimated population of 35,837 in 2016. Gadsden and Rome, Georgia, are the largest cities in the triangular area defined by the Interstate highways between Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga.
Talladega is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. It was incorporated in 1835. At the 2010 census the population was 15,676. The city is the county seat of Talladega County. Talladega is approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham.
The city is home to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Talladega Municipal Airport, a public general aviation airport. The Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega College and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are located nearby. The First National Bank of Talladega is the oldest bank in the State of Alabama, being founded in 1848.
Anniston is a city in Calhoun County in the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 23,106. According to 2013 Census estimates, the city had a population of 22,666. The city is the county seat of Calhoun County and one of two urban centers/principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Oxford is a city in Calhoun and Talladega counties in the State of Alabama. The population was 21,348 at the 2010 census, an increase of 46.3% since the 2000 Census. Oxford is one of two principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Jacksonville is a city in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 12,548, which is a 49% increase since 2000. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Jacksonville State University is located here, which is a center of commerce and one of the largest employers in the area.
Pell City is a city in St. Clair County, Alabama, United States. The city is the county seat of St. Clair County along with Ashville. At the 2000 census the population was 9,565. At the 2010 census, the city-limit population jumped to 12,695.
Ozark is a city in and the county seat of Dale County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 14,907.
Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, in the Black Belt region of south central Alabama and extending to the west. Located on the banks of the Alabama River, the city has a population of 20,756 as of the 2010 census.
Eufaula is the largest city in Barbour County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 13,137.
Bessemer is a city southwest of Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, 8 miles west of Hoover. The population was 27,456 at the 2010 Census.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Alabama Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Alabama, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Alabama according to the data:
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