These Are The 10 Best Birmingham Suburbs


We analyzed over 26 places around Birmingham to identify the most kickass place 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:

  1. Vestavia Hills (Photos)
  2. Mountain Brook (Photos)
  3. Homewood (Photos)
  4. Hoover (Photos)
  5. Trussville (Photos)
  6. Helena (Photos)
  7. Chelsea (Photos)
  8. Clay (Photos)
  9. Alabaster (Photos)
  10. Gardendale (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Vestavia Hills, 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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Birmingham

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Birmingham, Al Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Birmingham.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 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, Vestavia Hills.

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.

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1. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $339,000
Median Income: $81,352

2. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Median Home Price: $558,900
Median Income: $130,259

3. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,420
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $286,300
Median Income: $62,431

4. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $260,700
Median Income: $76,469

5. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,229
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $229,600
Median Income: $86,518

6. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $177,000
Median Income: $86,018

7. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $199,400
Median Income: $85,106

8. Clay

Clay, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,699
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $159,300
Median Income: $67,630

9. Alabaster

Alabaster, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,978
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $164,200
Median Income: $70,173

10. Gardendale

Gardendale, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,809
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $160,800
Median Income: $56,852

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Birmingham

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Vestavia Hills 1 34,061 3.6% $339,000 $81,352
Mountain Brook 2 20,484 2.2% $558,900 $130,259
Homewood 3 25,420 4.4% $286,300 $62,431
Hoover 4 82,849 5.7% $260,700 $76,469
Trussville 5 20,229 5.5% $229,600 $86,518
Helena 6 16,752 5.7% $177,000 $86,018
Chelsea 7 11,051 2.6% $199,400 $85,106
Clay 8 9,699 7.2% $159,300 $67,630
Alabaster 9 30,978 5.6% $164,200 $70,173
Gardendale 10 13,809 4.0% $160,800 $56,852
Pleasant Grove 11 10,230 6.8% $150,100 $64,278
Pelham 12 22,106 6.5% $168,200 $68,197
Moody 13 12,124 5.1% $144,400 $60,829
Calera 14 12,376 7.6% $136,000 $61,481
Fultondale 15 8,593 3.2% $123,600 $50,586
Irondale 16 12,399 9.9% $125,200 $48,361
Pinson 17 7,141 8.6% $133,000 $60,492
Montevallo 18 6,470 11.4% $157,600 $35,444
Center Point 19 16,876 10.0% $107,300 $38,828
Leeds 20 12,063 8.5% $138,700 $50,805
Hueytown 21 15,956 8.8% $108,700 $41,768
Fairfield 22 11,039 14.4% $94,900 $34,556
Midfield 23 5,319 12.3% $75,900 $37,935
Birmingham 24 211,705 14.5% $86,100 $31,217
Tarrant 25 6,331 16.6% $69,000 $26,740
Bessemer 26 27,202 14.2% $90,500 $30,369

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