These Are The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2018

We used science and data to determine which cities in Alabama have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Alabama? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Heart Of Dixie:

  1. Pleasant Grove
  2. Prattville (Photos)
  3. Helena (Photos)
  4. Hoover (Photos)
  5. Hartselle (Photos)
  6. Vestavia Hills (Photos)
  7. Leeds (Photos)
  8. Eufaula (Photos)
  9. Athens (Photos)
  10. Mountain Brook (Photos)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Alabama, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Alabama and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Alabama.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Alabama anyways?

To give you the places in Alabama which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Heart Of Dixie

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Alabama, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Alabama, that meant a total of 52 cities.

Read on to see why Pleasant Grove is where all the families are headed, while Ozark is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Pleasant Grove

Population: 10,284
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 35.4%
Pleasant Grove is a city in western Jefferson County, Alabama. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area. Its nickname is ‘The Good Neighbor City’. At the 2010 census the population was 10,110.

2. Prattville

Prattville, Al

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,107
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Montgomery
Households with kids: 35.6%
Prattville is a city in Autauga and Elmore counties in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 33,960. Nicknamed ‘The Fountain City’ due to the many artesian wells in the area, Prattville is part of the Montgomery metropolitan statistical area and serves as the county seat of Autauga County.

3. Helena

Helena, Al

Population: 17,630
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 43.4%
Helena (pronunciation hel-LE-nah) is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th ‘Best Place to Raise Your Kids’ in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine’s 2007 list of ‘Best Places to Live: Top 100’ in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award (population 10,001 to 20,000).

4. Hoover

Hoover, Al

Population: 84,100
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 34.6%
Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in north central Alabama, United States. The largest suburb around Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,848 as of the 2015 US Census estimate. Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover?s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

5. Hartselle

Hartselle, Al

Population: 14,475
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 34.5%

6. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Al

Population: 34,243
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 35.4%
Vestavia Hills is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama. It is a suburb of the city of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, its population was 34,033, up from 24,476 in 2000. It moved up from the fifth largest city in Jefferson County in 2000 to the third largest in 2010, behind Birmingham and Hoover.

7. Leeds

Leeds, Al

Population: 11,701
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 34.5%
Leeds is a tri-county municipality located in Jefferson, St. Clair, and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama and is an eastern suburb of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 11,773.

8. Eufaula

Eufaula, Al

Population: 12,688
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Columbus
Households with kids: 34.4%
Eufaula is the largest city in Barbour County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 13,137.

9. Athens

Athens, Al

Source: Public domain

Population: 24,461
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 28.4%
Athens is a city in Limestone County, in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 21,897. The city is the county seat of Limestone County and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.

10. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Al

Population: 20,532
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 40.1%
Mountain Brook is a town in southeastern Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and an upper-middle-class suburb of Birmingham. Its estimated 2015 population is 20,691. It is one of the state’s most affluent places.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Alabama ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Alabama according to the data:

  1. Ozark
  2. Prichard
  3. Saraland

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Alabama

City Rank Population Amenities Score
Pleasant Grove 1 10,284 58
Prattville 2 35,107 55
Helena 3 17,630 57
Hoover 4 84,100 61
Hartselle 5 14,475 33
Vestavia Hills 6 34,243 38
Leeds 7 11,701 52
Eufaula 8 12,688 57
Athens 9 24,461 43
Mountain Brook 10 20,532 56
Pelham 11 22,596 40
Cullman 12 15,156 38
Moody 13 12,464 43
Fort Payne 14 14,101 57
Gardendale 15 13,750 57
Montgomery 16 201,717 100
Alabaster 17 32,269 41
Enterprise 18 28,025 59
Jacksonville 19 12,827 41
Daphne 20 24,295 50
Irondale 21 12,388 57
Dothan 22 68,066 41
Jasper 23 14,137 65
Fairfield 24 10,937 32
Talladega 25 15,793 45
Albertville 26 21,434 60
Sylacauga 27 12,696 41
Auburn 28 60,318 64
Hueytown 29 15,797 54
Homewood 30 25,652 32
Fairhope 31 17,996 42
Troy 32 18,944 54
Selma 33 19,650 66
Tuscaloosa 34 96,352 57
Muscle Shoals 35 13,585 60
Gadsden 36 36,235 50
Atmore 37 10,067 50
Oxford 38 21,202 40
Opelika 39 29,030 45
Madison 40 46,396 57
Northport 41 24,544 58
Florence 42 39,938 50
Gulf Shores 43 11,252 45
Decatur 44 55,419 51
Huntsville 45 188,973 85
Anniston 46 22,441 65
Mobile 47 193,717 82
Bessemer 48 26,856 46
Scottsboro 49 14,748 42
Saraland 50 13,778 45
Prichard 51 22,340 35
Ozark 52 14,721 40

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