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Sweet Home Alabama is a pretty fitting saying for a state that surpasses most other Southern states for its beauty and all-around charm.
When you have the Gulf Shores and the Talladega National Forests in your backyard, it's quite a super place to live.
But where is the best place to live in Alabama? That's what we set to find out based on the most recent FBI and Census data.
Using science, we analyzed everything from crime, education, weather and amount of income per household to find out, once and for all, the best cities to make a home in the Yellowhammer State. Apparently, living in the greater Birmingham region is a little slice of heaven.
And since Alabama is one of the cheapest states to live in America, you'll definitely be able to afford a great place to live.
After analyzing almost 101 places, we came up with this list as the top ten places to live in Alabama. So grab some fried catfish and bbq and read on.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Alabama for 2019:
- Mountain Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Homewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hoover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Southside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fairhope (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Daphne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Northport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
What's the best place to live in Alabama for 2019? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Mountain Brook ranks as the best place to live in Alabama for 2019 based on general quality of life factors.
It seems that none of the largest cities in Alabama made the top ten, but their suburbs are apparently more desirable, according to scientific data.
No one can argue that, overall, almost every nook and cranny in Alabama has something special and awesome about it.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Alabama For 2019
With the unemployment rate being the 1st lowest in Alabama and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Mountain Brook.
Plus, the crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state!
Vestavia Hills is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Alabama.
Madison has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Alabama. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Madison is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Madison residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Homewood has a strong showing in our best places to live in Alabama analysis, coming it at 4th best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you're thinking of moving to Alabama, Homewood is a great option.
When you're looking at the best places you could live in Alabama, Helena came in 5th. Let's see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Helena has an impressive history for a place of just over 17,630 people. The median home costs a cool $185,000 and households make $84,888 which is good for 6th in Alabama.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Hoover.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in Alabama and the median income comes in at $78,056.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
In Southside, everyone loves to call Southside home! The median home value is the 26th highest in Alabama.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 4th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Heart of Dixie.
If you want to live in Alabama, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Fairhope area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $61,723 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Fairhope as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Fairhope.
The crime is the 12th lowest in the state in Daphne, and there were only 35 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Alabama, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Daphne earn $61,508 a year.
Northport takes 10th place on our list of best places in Alabama for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (31st overall) and things to do.
Northport is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $162,400 at the median.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Alabama
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Montgomery with a population of 201,717 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 101 cities, 198 towns, and 214 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Alabama
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Alabama across a number of criteria from one to 101, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Alabama".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Alabama? That would be Mountain Brook.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Alabama.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Mountain Brook at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Alabama
If you're looking at areas in Alabama with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Mountain Brook made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Alabama for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Alabama
- Highland Lakes (Pop. 4,860)
- Indian Springs Village (Pop. 2,529)
- Lake View (Pop. 2,801)
- Priceville (Pop. 3,060)
- Mount Olive CDP (Jefferson (Pop. 4,237)
- Kimberly (Pop. 2,840)
- Shoal Creek (Pop. 1,448)
- Blue Ridge (Pop. 1,414)
- Trinity (Pop. 2,110)
- Springville (Pop. 4,199)
Best Small Towns To Live In Alabama
- Stockton (Pop. 687)
- Mooresville (Pop. 69)
- Sweet Water (Pop. 332)
- Lowndesboro (Pop. 95)
- Magnolia Springs (Pop. 740)
- McIntosh (Pop. 339)
- Eunola (Pop. 362)
- St. Florian (Pop. 429)
- Coker (Pop. 817)
- Grant (Pop. 961)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Alabama according to the data:
- Anniston (Pop. 22,441)
- Bessemer (Pop. 26,856)
- Prichard (Pop. 22,340)
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