These Are The 10 Best Birmingham Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Birmingham for 2018:

  1. Mountain Brook (Photos | Homes)
  2. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes)
  3. Helena (Photos | Homes)
  4. Trussville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Lake View (Homes)
  6. Hoover (Photos | Homes)
  7. Chelsea (Photos | Homes)
  8. Homewood (Photos | Homes)
  9. Clay (Photos | Homes)
  10. Kimberly (Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 42 suburbs to evaluate around Birmingham.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 42 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.

1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Population: 20,532
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Median Home Price: $557,300
Median Income: $129,777
More on Mountain Brook: Real Estate | Data

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 $129,777 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Birmingham region. And only 1.9% are out of work. Homes average more than $557,300 each.

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Population: 34,243
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $346,600
Median Income: $93,178
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data

Vestavia Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Birmingham for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

3. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Population: 17,630
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $185,000
Median Income: $84,888
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data

Here in Helena, 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 Helena.

4. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Population: 20,872
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $233,500
Median Income: $84,198
More on Trussville: Real Estate | Data

Trussville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Birmingham for 2018.

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

5. Lake View

Population: 2,801
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $188,200
Median Income: $80,573
More on Lake View: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Lake View.

Lake View gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Birmingham area, where houses sell for an average of $188,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Population: 84,100
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $268,100
Median Income: $78,056
More on Hoover: Real Estate | Data

Hoover 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 4.1% which is 11th best in the area.

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

7. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Population: 11,706
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $216,300
Median Income: $91,199
More on Chelsea: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Chelsea.

Chelsea 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 16.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

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Population: 25,652
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $299,100
Median Income: $66,573
More on Homewood: Real Estate | Data

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 7.6% of people lack insurance, good for 18th in the area.

9. Clay

Clay, Alabama

Population: 9,659
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $151,800
Median Income: $69,973
More on Clay: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Clay?’

Almost.

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.

10. Kimberly

Population: 2,840
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $169,800
Median Income: $71,161
More on Kimberly: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Kimberly.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Mountain Brook 20,532 1.9% $557,300 $129,777
2 Vestavia Hills 34,243 2.5% $346,600 $93,178
3 Helena 17,630 2.9% $185,000 $84,888
4 Trussville 20,872 3.2% $233,500 $84,198
5 Lake View 2,801 4.7% $188,200 $80,573
6 Hoover 84,100 4.1% $268,100 $78,056
7 Chelsea 11,706 4.0% $216,300 $91,199
8 Homewood 25,652 3.2% $299,100 $66,573
9 Clay 9,659 4.2% $151,800 $69,973
10 Kimberly 2,840 2.8% $169,800 $71,161
11 Springville 4,199 6.1% $210,900 $83,173
12 Calera 12,839 3.5% $138,200 $63,396
13 Pelham 22,596 4.8% $169,600 $71,864
14 Alabaster 32,269 4.5% $166,300 $73,325
15 Gardendale 13,750 5.1% $158,400 $62,668
16 Margaret 4,530 4.3% $143,800 $65,918
17 Moody 12,464 4.5% $150,100 $60,911
18 Pleasant Grove 10,284 7.5% $151,000 $63,292
19 Pinson 7,451 8.0% $131,000 $60,227
20 Odenville 3,700 3.8% $140,600 $69,792
21 Fultondale 8,854 4.2% $130,000 $54,273
22 Leeds 11,701 4.9% $141,600 $56,087
23 Argo 4,145 6.3% $158,800 $58,103
24 Woodstock 2,027 5.0% $113,400 $65,500
25 Hueytown 15,797 7.6% $112,600 $41,141
26 Sumiton 2,735 7.1% $129,200 $37,569
27 Irondale 12,388 8.2% $127,300 $47,949
28 Center Point 16,711 14.1% $100,300 $39,134
29 Fairfield 10,937 13.8% $95,100 $32,723
30 Warrior 3,198 6.4% $84,100 $46,486
31 Midfield 5,260 9.0% $75,600 $36,647
32 Columbiana 4,265 3.3% $140,400 $34,336
33 Adamsville 4,422 7.2% $95,300 $44,833
34 Montevallo 6,633 11.4% $148,500 $38,472
35 Wilsonville 2,119 8.4% $116,500 $46,964
36 Vincent 2,103 7.4% $86,300 $37,365
37 Lipscomb 2,437 6.4% $50,200 $27,304
38 Dora 2,362 9.2% $90,500 $41,197
39 Bessemer 26,856 14.3% $85,300 $30,682
40 Tarrant 6,271 10.8% $72,900 $26,800
41 Brighton 2,868 24.3% $64,400 $25,205
42 Cordova 2,030 23.5% $66,400 $20,917

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