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.

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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:

  • 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.

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1. Gadsden

Gadsden, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,888
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 47
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
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 (90 km) northeast of Birmingham and 90 miles (140 km) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,753
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 50
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96

3. Anniston

Anniston, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,067
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 58
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,234
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 71
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
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: Wikipedia

Population: 12,304
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 73
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
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: Wikipedia

Population: 12,723
Services: 94
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 80
Housing: 87
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 96
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,879
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 55
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
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: Wikipedia

Population: 20,559
Services: 97
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 81
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 106
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,086
Services: 87
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 84
Housing: 70
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 87
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,516
Services: 99
Groceries: 102
Health Care: 81
Housing: 57
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 93
Bessemer is a city southwest of Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, 8 miles (13 km) 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

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Gadsden 1 36,888 94 94 80
Talladega 2 15,753 94 94 80
Anniston 3 23,067 94 94 80
Oxford 4 21,234 94 94 80
Jacksonville 5 12,304 94 94 80
Pell City 6 12,723 94 94 80
Ozark 7 14,879 87 101 84
Selma 8 20,559 97 98 81
Eufaula 9 13,086 87 101 84
Bessemer 10 27,516 99 102 81
Dothan 11 66,355 87 101 84
Birmingham 12 213,180 99 102 81
Fairfield 13 11,135 99 102 81
Montgomery 14 205,516 97 98 81
Sylacauga 15 12,778 99 102 81
Enterprise 16 26,635 87 101 84
Center Point 17 16,908 99 102 81
Troy 18 17,864 97 98 81
Hueytown 19 16,060 99 102 81
Millbrook 20 14,593 97 98 81
Fort Payne 21 14,068 97 95 103
Florence 22 39,288 98 94 83
Jasper 23 14,332 99 102 81
Prattville 24 33,429 97 98 81
Leeds 25 12,160 99 102 81
Muscle Shoals 26 13,182 98 94 83
Irondale 27 12,323 99 102 81
Alexander City 28 14,848 110 101 87
Moody 29 11,724 99 102 81
Pleasant Grove 30 10,148 99 102 81
Tuscaloosa 31 90,766 99 102 81
Calera 32 11,579 99 102 81
Northport 33 23,372 99 102 81
Gardendale 34 13,743 99 102 81
Alabaster 35 30,372 99 102 81
Pelham 36 21,321 99 102 81
Phenix City 37 33,555 110 101 87
Hartselle 38 14,242 96 96 89
Chelsea 39 10,161 99 102 81
Helena 40 16,504 99 102 81
Decatur 41 55,664 96 96 89
Cullman 42 14,801 96 96 89
Trussville 43 19,521 99 102 81
Hoover 44 81,132 99 102 81
Homewood 45 25,123 99 102 81
Opelika 46 26,738 110 101 87
Vestavia Hills 47 33,831 99 102 81
Mountain Brook 48 20,398 99 102 81
Athens 49 22,198 96 96 89
Auburn 50 53,817 110 101 87
Prichard 51 22,844 96 103 88
Atmore 52 10,103 96 103 88
Albertville 53 21,079 103 95 96
Scottsboro 54 14,804 103 95 96
Mobile 55 195,239 96 103 88
Saraland 56 13,407 96 103 88
Huntsville 57 179,855 103 95 96
Foley 58 14,603 96 103 88
Daphne 59 21,800 96 103 88
Madison 60 42,925 103 95 96
Fairhope 61 15,599 96 103 88

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