These Are The 10 Best Birmingham Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 42 places around Birmingham to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Birmingham suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Birmingham are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Mountain Brook, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Birmingham ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Birmingham for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Birmingham was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Birmingham.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 43 suburbs to evaluate around Birmingham.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 43 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Birmingham.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mountain Brook.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Mountain Brook, AL

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Population: 20,438
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $132,825
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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Mountain Brook is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Birmingham area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Mountain Brook.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $132,825 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Birmingham region. And only 2.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $578,100 each.

Vestavia Hills, AL

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Population: 34,003
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,653
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Vestavia Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Birmingham for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 4.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

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Population: 2,967
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $83,333
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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Here in Lake View, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Birmingham metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Lake View.

Helena, AL

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Population: 17,928
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $84,110
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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Helena ranks as the 4th best suburb of Birmingham for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Helena and the schools are some of the best around.

Trussville, AL

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Population: 21,145
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,418
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Trussville.

Trussville gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Birmingham area, where houses sell for an average of $235,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Chelsea, AL

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Population: 12,199
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,591
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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Chelsea is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.7% which is 14th best in the area.

According to online reports, Chelsea is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Birmingham area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Hoover, AL

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Population: 84,150
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,038
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Hoover.

Hoover schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 10.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Review Of Hoover by HomeSnacks User

Hoover is a suburban community just outside the city of Birmingham. Crime is low, schools are consistently rated in Best Schools in America lists and there are many recreational options nearby, including many parks. Plenty of shopping from high-end to budget-friendly available. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are cookie-cutter, but homes and lawns are maintained well and there is no littering or trash in public spaces. Its a small and safe place to live!

Oak Mountain is a favorite. You can hike, swim, fish, camp or go to a concert at the outdoor theater venue. Hoover is in a great location, so you have easy access to museums, botanical gardens, historic movie theaters, shopping, and the airport. Hoover has grown rapidly and the roadways havent kept up, so traffic is an inevitable frustration. Popular stores and restaurants seem to be on side of town and creates a lot of congestion. There is a lot of open space in the city, so building places in other parts of town would help.

Homewood, AL

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Population: 25,678
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,494
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
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Homewood is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.0% of people lack insurance, good for 18th in the area.

Clay, AL

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Population: 9,685
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,712
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Clay?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 4,183
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,199
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Springville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Birmingham ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Birmingham, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Birmingham Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Mountain Brook 20,438 $132,825
2 Vestavia Hills 34,003 $98,653
3 Lake View 2,967 $83,333
4 Helena 17,928 $84,110
5 Trussville 21,145 $87,418
6 Chelsea 12,199 $96,591
7 Hoover 84,150 $81,038
8 Homewood 25,678 $71,494
9 Clay 9,685 $74,712
10 Springville 4,183 $78,199
11 Kimberly 2,960 $76,438
12 Margaret 4,653 $65,360
13 Calera 13,216 $64,129
14 Pleasant Grove 10,224 $64,761
15 Pelham 22,941 $74,295
16 Argo 4,191 $61,369
17 Alabaster 32,567 $74,383
18 Gardendale 13,799 $63,083
19 Moody 12,585 $61,069
20 Mount Olive 2,017 $51,815
21 Odenville 3,713 $72,527
22 Pinson 7,563 $61,290
23 Leeds 11,847 $62,773
24 Fultondale 9,012 $58,053
25 Sumiton 2,662 $40,114
26 Hueytown 15,698 $44,779
27 Irondale 12,453 $50,440
28 Fairfield 10,850 $36,211
29 Wilsonville 2,104 $54,333
30 Columbiana 4,343 $40,617
31 Woodstock 2,219 $70,625
32 Center Point 16,564 $39,150
33 Montevallo 6,626 $37,929
34 Midfield 5,174 $40,019
35 Adamsville 4,404 $49,077
36 Warrior 3,213 $27,857
37 Vincent 2,142 $37,169
38 Tarrant 6,238 $27,357
39 Brighton 2,848 $25,510
40 Dora 2,212 $36,364
41 Lipscomb 2,040 $24,181
42 Bessemer 26,697 $31,308
43 Cordova 2,014 $22,901

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