These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Alabama For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Alabama go easy on your wallet.

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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.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Alabama for 2018:

  1. Gadsden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Talladega (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Anniston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Jacksonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pell City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ozark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Selma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Eufaula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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 the best places to live in Alabama or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Heart of Dixie For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In alabama
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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.

1. Gadsden

Gadsden, Alabama

Population: 36,888
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 47
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Gadsden: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Talladega

Talladega, Alabama

Population: 15,753
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 50
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Talladega: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

3. Anniston

Anniston, Alabama

Population: 23,067
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 58
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Anniston: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. Oxford

Oxford, Alabama

Population: 21,234
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 71
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Oxford: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,304
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 73
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Jacksonville: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Pell City

Pell City, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,723
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 87
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
More on Pell City: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Ozark

Ozark, Alabama

Population: 14,879
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 55
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
More on Ozark: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Selma

Selma, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,559
Services: 97
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 81
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 106
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Eufaula

Eufaula, Alabama

Population: 13,086
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 70
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
More on Eufaula: Homes For Sale | Data
Eufaula is the largest city in Barbour County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 13,137.

10. Bessemer

Bessemer, Alabama

Population: 27,516
Services: 99
Groceries: 102
Health Care: 81
Housing: 57
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 93
More on Bessemer: Homes For Sale | Data
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Alabama

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Gadsden 11.83 36,888 94 94 80
2 Talladega 12.33 15,753 94 94 80
3 Anniston 13.5 23,067 94 94 80
4 Oxford 15.67 21,234 94 94 80
5 Jacksonville 16.17 12,304 94 94 80
6 Pell City 18.5 12,723 94 94 80
7 Ozark 21.58 14,879 87 101 84
8 Selma 22.0 20,559 97 98 81
9 Eufaula 24.25 13,086 87 101 84
10 Bessemer 25.58 27,516 99 102 81
11 Dothan 25.75 66,355 87 101 84
12 Birmingham 25.92 213,180 99 102 81
13 Fairfield 25.92 11,135 99 102 81
14 Montgomery 26.08 205,516 97 98 81
15 Sylacauga 26.58 12,778 99 102 81
16 Enterprise 26.92 26,635 87 101 84
17 Center Point 27.0 16,908 99 102 81
18 Troy 27.42 17,864 97 98 81
19 Hueytown 27.5 16,060 99 102 81
20 Millbrook 27.58 14,593 97 98 81
21 Fort Payne 27.92 14,068 97 95 103
22 Florence 28.08 39,288 98 94 83
23 Jasper 28.25 14,332 99 102 81
24 Prattville 28.42 33,429 97 98 81
25 Leeds 29.75 12,160 99 102 81
26 Muscle Shoals 29.92 13,182 98 94 83
27 Irondale 30.33 12,323 99 102 81
28 Alexander City 30.42 14,848 110 101 87
29 Moody 30.92 11,724 99 102 81
30 Pleasant Grove 31.5 10,148 99 102 81
31 Tuscaloosa 31.5 90,766 99 102 81
32 Calera 31.5 11,579 99 102 81
33 Northport 31.92 23,372 99 102 81
34 Gardendale 32.08 13,743 99 102 81
35 Alabaster 32.25 30,372 99 102 81
36 Pelham 32.42 21,321 99 102 81
37 Phenix City 32.5 33,555 110 101 87
38 Hartselle 32.83 14,242 96 96 89
39 Chelsea 32.92 10,161 99 102 81
40 Helena 33.17 16,504 99 102 81
41 Decatur 33.33 55,664 96 96 89
42 Cullman 33.33 14,801 96 96 89
43 Trussville 33.5 19,521 99 102 81
44 Hoover 33.75 81,132 99 102 81
45 Homewood 33.92 25,123 99 102 81
46 Opelika 34.0 26,738 110 101 87
47 Vestavia Hills 34.08 33,831 99 102 81
48 Mountain Brook 34.25 20,398 99 102 81
49 Athens 35.25 22,198 96 96 89
50 Auburn 37.75 53,817 110 101 87
51 Prichard 39.08 22,844 96 103 88
52 Atmore 39.67 10,103 96 103 88
53 Albertville 40.58 21,079 103 95 96
54 Scottsboro 40.75 14,804 103 95 96
55 Mobile 43.58 195,239 96 103 88
56 Saraland 44.0 13,407 96 103 88
57 Huntsville 44.67 179,855 103 95 96
58 Foley 46.08 14,603 96 103 88
59 Daphne 47.17 21,800 96 103 88
60 Madison 47.5 42,925 103 95 96
61 Fairhope 48.08 15,599 96 103 88

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