These Are The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Alabama For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Alabama have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2019.

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There’s a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Alabama:

Should I buy a place or rent?

Well, we aren’t here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you’ll do the right thing and a buy a place 😉

And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Alabama, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Heart Of Dixie.

To do that we are going to look at places in Alabama that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the “deals”.

The best deal in Alabama at the moment? That would be Tarrant according to our analysis.

Here’s a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Alabama for 2019:

  1. Tarrant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Attalla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Glencoe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Albertville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fultondale (Homes For Sale)
  6. Foley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Leeds (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Rainsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Prichard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Tuscumbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)

The methodology that wen’t into this can be a bit complicated, so we’ll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below.

If you’re not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive 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 the best places to buy a home in Alabama for 2019?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we’ve put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we’d approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Alabama. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Alabama with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2013-2017 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It’s still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still “cheap” for Alabama with the following caveats:

So of the 574 cities and towns in Alabama, only 103 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 103 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a “best place to buy” index with the place having the lowest index being the best.

Turns out that Tarrant is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Heart Of Dixie.

Read on for more on these places.

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,238
Median Home Price: $76,500
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: 4.9%
More on Tarrant: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

A contest was held to name the new town in 1915. Several people suggested Tarrant in honor of Benjamin Tarrant, who had lived in this community most of his life. Other sources claim the city was named for Felix I. Tarrant, President of National Cast Iron Pipe Company, which built the first major industrial plant in the area in 1912. On August 17, 1918 Tarrant became an incorporated city. Its first mayor was George Washington Thomason. The first census was taken in 1920 and gave Tarrant City a population of 734. From its incorporation until the 1980s, the community went by Tarrant City until it was shortened to Tarrant by the 1990 U.S. Census.

Attalla, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,884
Median Home Price: $78,000
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 8.0%
More on Attalla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The town occupies the site of an Indian village which was of considerable importance during the Creek War. It was in Attalla that David Brown, a Cherokee assisted by the Rev. D. S. Butterick, prepared the Cherokee Spelling Book.

Glencoe, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,116
Median Home Price: $133,000
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 13.6%
More on Glencoe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Albertville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 21,342
Median Home Price: $114,700
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 8.0%
More on Albertville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The area which today includes Albertville was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians until their removal to Oklahoma in the 1830s. It was, however, near the territory of the Creek nation, and several major trails which afforded communication between the two nations crossed the area. It is believed to have been crossed by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto during his expeditions in 1540.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,012
Median Home Price: $133,900
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 3.0%
More on Fultondale: Homes For Sale | Data

Fulton was a mining town in the 1900s. Fulton was incorporated in 1947. The town’s name is derived from the combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale.

Foley, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,315
Median Home Price: $161,200
Population Change: 3.4%
Home Price Change: 5.0%
More on Foley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Foley was named for its founder, John B. Foley of Chicago. As Foley was traveling to President McKinley’s funeral in 1901, he met a railroad agent who told him of the area in South Baldwin County. Foley came down the following year, and he liked what he saw and bought up to between 40,000 acres and 50,000 acres of land. He then returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company. As he began to sell off acreage, he realized the need for a better way for the people to come to Foley.

Leeds, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,847
Median Home Price: $153,500
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 8.4%
More on Leeds: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The War of 1812, geography, geology, and three cultures shaped the history of Leeds. Lying at the crossroads of desecrated ancient Native-American paths in the center of Alabama, Leeds drew European and African-American settlers to a land of fertile growing seasons and rich sources of coal and mineral ore. The early settlers built churches and schools with many remaining in Cedar Grove, Oak Ridge, Ohanafeefee and Mt. Pleasant. The principal survey of Leeds was entered into Jefferson County Map Book 10, page 21, in 1908. The settlement, dating to 1818 and incorporating on April 27, 1887 as “Leeds”, has existed along the banks of the Little Cahaba River; beside an historic stagecoach route; and along two large railroads for the greater part of American History.

Rainsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,012
Median Home Price: $116,400
Population Change: 0.5%
Home Price Change: 2.6%
More on Rainsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prichard, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 22,063
Median Home Price: $67,400
Population Change: -1.2%
Home Price Change: 4.5%
More on Prichard: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prichard began as a settlement in the 1830s, bordering Telegraph Road It remained largely unsettled until the Clotilde landed in Mobile Bay prior to the Civil War. Africatown evolved into a greater part of the Plateau/Magazine area which developed along Telegraph Road, and eventually, Plateau and Magazine had their territory split between Mobile and Prichard.

Tuscumbia, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,452
Median Home Price: $107,300
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 4.9%
More on Tuscumbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tuscumbia had its beginnings when the Michael Dixon family arrived about 1816. They traded with Chief Tucumseh for the Tuscumbia Valley and built their home at the head of the big spring. From these humble dwellings quickly developed a village known as the Big Spring Community. The men of the community requested that the state legislature incorporate them as a city. The town was incorporated in 1820 as Ococoposa and is one of Alabama’s oldest towns. In 1821, its name was changed to Big Spring and on December 22, 1822, to Tuscumbia, after the Chief Rainmaker of the Chickasaws.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Purchase A House In Alabama for 2019

There’s our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Alabama. And, to be clear, we aren’t necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 574 places in the state.

So if we’d could rent or buy in these cities, we’d definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Alabama

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Tarrant 1 $76,500 -0.5% 4.9%
Attalla 2 $78,000 -0.8% 8.0%
Glencoe 3 $133,000 -0.1% 13.6%
Albertville 4 $114,700 -0.4% 8.0%
Fultondale 5 $133,900 1.8% 3.0%
Foley 6 $161,200 3.4% 5.0%
Leeds 7 $153,500 1.2% 8.4%
Rainsville 8 $116,400 0.5% 2.6%
Prichard 9 $67,400 -1.2% 4.5%
Tuscumbia 10 $107,300 -0.6% 4.9%
Pike Road 11 $261,300 8.0% 6.7%
Spanish Fort 12 $259,200 2.5% 7.3%
Talladega 13 $84,500 -0.3% 1.2%
Calera 14 $141,000 2.9% 2.0%
Fort Payne 15 $126,100 -0.6% 9.1%
Lanett 16 $97,100 -1.8% 19.6%
Muscle Shoals 17 $139,600 0.9% 3.4%
Russellville 18 $101,800 -0.9% 5.6%
Ozark 19 $106,600 -1.2% 9.4%
Oxford 20 $134,100 0.1% 3.9%
Athens 21 $143,800 1.1% 3.2%
Andalusia 22 $110,400 -1.4% 12.8%
Auburn 23 $236,200 1.9% 4.2%
Irondale 24 $130,200 0.5% 2.3%
Southside 25 $158,900 1.4% 3.6%
Midfield 26 $78,600 -1.6% 4.0%
Boaz 27 $111,400 -0.6% 3.5%
Birmingham 28 $86,900 -0.1% -0.2%
Montevallo 29 $159,400 -0.1% 7.3%
Prattville 30 $157,900 0.5% 4.7%
Chelsea 31 $221,900 4.2% 2.6%
Pelham 32 $175,300 1.5% 3.4%
Rainbow City 33 $150,200 -0.3% 5.6%
Brewton 34 $108,000 -2.9% 10.9%
Gulf Shores 35 $251,100 0.9% 6.1%
Opp 36 $89,400 -0.8% 1.7%
Atmore 37 $99,100 -1.0% 3.1%
Pinson 38 $131,700 1.5% 0.5%
Saraland 39 $136,200 1.8% 0.4%
Daphne 40 $189,700 1.6% 2.8%
Greenville 41 $111,900 -1.6% 6.2%
Bay Minette 42 $121,400 -0.3% 1.7%
Hamilton 43 $97,700 -1.0% 2.4%
Valley 44 $84,600 -1.1% 2.1%
Chickasaw 45 $79,200 -1.1% 1.3%
Lincoln 46 $120,800 1.8% -3.7%
Fairfield 47 $96,100 -0.8% 1.1%
Homewood 48 $319,300 0.1% 6.8%
Madison 49 $239,400 1.5% 2.5%
Wetumpka 50 $132,100 1.9% -2.4%
Roanoke 51 $79,300 -1.0% 1.0%
Montgomery 52 $118,000 -0.5% 1.2%
Moody 53 $151,800 1.0% 1.1%
Smiths Station 54 $131,600 1.5% -2.2%
Guntersville 55 $175,500 -0.3% 4.8%
Orange Beach 56 $256,600 0.6% 3.4%
Bessemer 57 $84,000 -0.6% -1.5%
Hartselle 58 $135,100 -0.6% 2.3%
Helena 59 $186,900 1.7% 1.0%
Robertsdale 60 $125,100 1.3% -4.7%
Florence 61 $126,600 -0.3% 0.5%
Sheffield 62 $87,700 -0.7% -1.3%
Dothan 63 $143,800 -0.4% 2.0%
Monroeville 64 $108,400 -2.1% 2.5%
Daleville 65 $96,300 -0.4% -3.1%
Decatur 66 $130,600 -1.0% 2.8%
Northport 67 $164,100 0.7% 1.0%
Phenix City 68 $123,400 -0.3% -0.6%
Pell City 69 $165,600 -0.2% 2.0%
Mobile 70 $120,800 -0.8% 1.1%
Opelika 71 $151,400 1.2% -1.3%
Alabaster 72 $167,800 0.9% 0.9%
Trussville 73 $235,700 1.3% 0.9%
Clay 74 $153,000 0.3% 0.8%
Tuscaloosa 75 $172,000 1.1% 0.7%
Hueytown 76 $111,900 -0.6% -0.6%
Clanton 77 $110,700 -0.3% -3.1%
Fairhope 78 $239,000 8.7% -2.0%
Huntsville 79 $169,900 0.8% 0.6%
Satsuma 80 $153,300 -0.2% 0.9%
Center Point 81 $98,200 -0.9% -2.1%
Scottsboro 82 $130,500 -1.1% 1.5%
Mountain Brook 83 $578,100 -0.5% 3.7%
Cullman 84 $140,700 -0.3% -1.1%
Millbrook 85 $145,700 -0.3% 0.6%
Gardendale 86 $157,300 0.4% -0.7%
Gadsden 87 $68,800 -1.1% -5.4%
Troy 88 $147,600 0.3% -2.2%
Hoover 89 $271,600 0.1% 1.3%
Enterprise 90 $171,900 -0.9% 3.2%
Vestavia Hills 91 $360,800 -0.7% 4.1%
Sylacauga 92 $117,800 -1.6% 0.7%
Alexander City 93 $105,200 -1.0% -2.4%
Selma 94 $89,100 -2.4% -1.4%
Tuskegee 95 $74,400 -2.2% -3.8%
Anniston 96 $95,700 -1.5% -2.8%
Jasper 97 $138,200 -2.0% 1.6%
Pleasant Grove 98 $151,000 -0.6% 0.0%
Demopolis 99 $115,500 -2.3% 0.3%
Arab 100 $143,800 -0.6% -3.7%

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