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:
- Shelby County (Photos)
- St. Clair County (Photos)
- Autauga County (Photos)
- Madison County (Photos)
- Coffee County (Photos)
- Tuscaloosa County (Photos)
- Bibb County (Photos)
- Lawrence County (Photos)
- Houston County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
7. Bibb County
10. Cherokee County
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:
- Dallas County
- Conecuh County
- Wilcox County
For more Alabama reading, check out:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alabama
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- 10 Safest Places In Alabama
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama