These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Alabama For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Alabama have the most for people looking to make the move to Alabama.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Alabama a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Alabama.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Heart Of Dixie based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Alabama, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 62 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Heart Of Dixie for 2018:

  1. Shelby County (Photos)
  2. St. Clair County (Photos)
  3. Autauga County (Photos)
  4. Madison County (Photos)
  5. Coffee County (Photos)
  6. Tuscaloosa County (Photos)
  7. Bibb County (Photos)
  8. Lawrence County (Photos)
  9. Houston County (Photos)
  10. Cherokee County (Photos)

Shelby County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Alabama. And you might want to avoid Dallas County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Alabama, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Alabama and the best places to raise a family in Alabama.

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How do you determine which Alabama county is the best?

To give you the best county in Alabama, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Alabama across each of the criteria from one to 62, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Alabama’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Heart Of Dixie.

Read on to see why Shelby County is the best county, while Dallas County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Alabama.

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1. Shelby County

Alabaster, AL

Biggest Place: Birmingham
Population: 205,951
Median Income: $72,310 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $195,400 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (1st best)
More on Shelby County: PhotosData

2. St. Clair County

Argo, AL

Biggest Place: Trussville
Population: 86,576
Median Income: $54,042 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $142,800 (41st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (10th best)
More on St. Clair County: PhotosData

3. Autauga County

Millbrook, AL

Biggest Place: Prattville
Population: 55,049
Median Income: $53,099 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $141,000 (44th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (2nd best)
More on Autauga County: PhotosData

4. Madison County

Huntsville, AL

Biggest Place: Huntsville
Population: 349,973
Median Income: $60,150 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $171,200 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (16th best)
More on Madison County: PhotosData

5. Coffee County

Elba, AL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Enterprise
Population: 50,991
Median Income: $47,872 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $142,800 (41st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (7th best)
More on Coffee County: PhotosData

6. Tuscaloosa County

Moundville, AL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Tuscaloosa
Population: 202,471
Median Income: $48,022 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $160,000 (37th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (12th best)
More on Tuscaloosa County: PhotosData

7. Bibb County

Centreville, AL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Brent
Population: 22,572
Median Income: $39,776 (27th best)
Median Home Price: $97,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (13th best)
More on Bibb County: PhotosData

8. Lawrence County

Moulton, AL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Moulton
Population: 33,433
Median Income: $42,339 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $97,600 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (29th best)
More on Lawrence County: PhotosData

9. Houston County

Dothan, AL

Biggest Place: Dothan
Population: 103,891
Median Income: $41,945 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $124,800 (46th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (27th best)
More on Houston County: PhotosData

10. Cherokee County

Centre, AL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Piedmont
Population: 25,897
Median Income: $38,925 (30th best)
Median Home Price: $112,500 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (3rd best)
More on Cherokee County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Alabama To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Alabama can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Alabama according to the data:

  1. Dallas County
  2. Conecuh County
  3. Wilcox County

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Alabama

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Shelby County 1 205,951 $72,310 $195,400
St. Clair County 2 86,576 $54,042 $142,800
Autauga County 3 55,049 $53,099 $141,000
Madison County 4 349,973 $60,150 $171,200
Coffee County 5 50,991 $47,872 $142,800
Tuscaloosa County 6 202,471 $48,022 $160,000
Bibb County 7 22,572 $39,776 $97,200
Lawrence County 8 33,433 $42,339 $97,600
Houston County 9 103,891 $41,945 $124,800
Cherokee County 10 25,897 $38,925 $112,500
Baldwin County 11 199,510 $51,365 $173,400
Elmore County 12 80,957 $53,398 $152,500
Lauderdale County 13 92,641 $43,657 $124,100
Lee County 14 153,947 $45,056 $156,400
Henry County 15 17,187 $41,045 $101,800
Colbert County 16 54,377 $43,786 $102,500
Fayette County 17 16,783 $36,205 $76,400
Dekalb County 18 70,937 $38,248 $99,600
Limestone County 19 90,257 $51,115 $142,500
Marion County 20 30,239 $34,074 $85,500
Crenshaw County 21 13,896 $37,557 $77,600
Pickens County 22 20,042 $31,679 $89,100
Morgan County 23 119,555 $46,883 $124,900
Hale County 24 15,159 $33,351 $89,400
Clay County 25 13,483 $38,815 $90,000
Jefferson County 26 659,096 $47,220 $145,700
Montgomery County 27 227,392 $45,358 $122,000
Blount County 28 57,704 $46,212 $124,200
Winston County 29 24,013 $33,896 $77,700
Coosa County 30 10,864 $31,910 $76,500
Talladega County 31 81,057 $37,923 $94,200
Cullman County 32 81,316 $39,297 $118,700
Choctaw County 33 13,287 $32,622 $64,600
Randolph County 34 22,615 $37,496 $85,600
Covington County 35 37,729 $37,313 $93,700
Chilton County 36 43,817 $42,594 $99,100
Marengo County 37 20,066 $30,713 $87,900
Franklin County 38 31,573 $36,138 $87,000
Butler County 39 20,280 $34,315 $83,000
Lamar County 40 14,066 $34,298 $71,100
Tallapoosa County 41 40,958 $39,395 $105,200
Cleburne County 42 14,991 $36,316 $108,100
Dale County 43 49,607 $44,093 $103,800
Chambers County 44 34,018 $36,027 $83,000
Jackson County 45 52,608 $38,422 $103,800
Etowah County 46 103,363 $40,478 $101,900
Mobile County 47 414,291 $44,263 $123,500
Macon County 48 19,684 $32,390 $77,000
Calhoun County 49 115,883 $41,954 $107,900
Barbour County 50 26,614 $33,956 $90,300
Marshall County 51 94,534 $39,831 $115,700
Clarke County 52 24,847 $32,735 $85,900
Escambia County 53 37,875 $32,334 $93,900
Walker County 54 65,593 $37,025 $84,800
Washington County 55 16,909 $40,293 $81,100
Pike County 56 33,277 $33,193 $102,300
Geneva County 57 26,765 $36,519 $81,500
Monroe County 58 21,975 $28,182 $87,700
Bullock County 59 10,552 $29,335 $68,000
Wilcox County 60 11,119 $24,442 $81,600
Conecuh County 61 12,697 $27,609 $72,300
Dallas County 62 41,426 $28,136 $81,000

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