These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Alabama For 2019


We looked at 569 places in the Heart of Dixie to find the cream of the crop.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Alabama.

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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 out to find out.

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 home in the Yellowhammer State. Apparently, living in the greater Birmingham region is a little slice of heaven.

After analyzing almost 600 places, we came up with this list as the top 10 places to live in Alabama.

It seems that none of the largest cities in Alabama made the top 10, 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Alabama For 2019

Mountain Brook, AL

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10
/10

Population: 20,532
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $557,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (1st best)
More on Mountain Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Brook ranks as the 1st best place in Alabama for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.

Mountain Brook has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Mountain Brook’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $129,777 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

Vestavia Hills, AL

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10
/10

Population: 34,243
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $346,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (3rd best)
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Vestavia Hills consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let’s see why Vestavia Hills ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Vestavia Hills are the 2nd most expensive in the state of Alabama, with the average home worth a whopping $346,600. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Vestavia Hills if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Vestavia Hills residents have the 4th highest income in the state, and the 2nd lowest crime numbers in Alabama.

Madison, AL

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7.5
/10

Population: 46,396
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $233,600 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (23rd best)
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madison isn’t just the nicest place to live in Alabama – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 23rd lowest unemployment rate, the 2nd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Madison definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

Homewood, AL

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8.5
/10

Population: 25,652
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $299,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (8th best)
More on Homewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Homewood so high on the list. Unless you live in Homewood.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.2%, Homewood residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Alabama. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Homewood is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Homewood is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Helena, AL

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7
/10

Population: 17,630
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $185,000 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (6th best)
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena is another gem in Heart of Dixie. The unemployment rate here is 6th lowest in the entire state at 2.9%. Other factors that make Helena so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $185,000, and parents earn a combined $84,888 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

Hoover, AL

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9.5
/10

Population: 84,100
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $268,100 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (13th best)
More on Hoover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Hoover, everyone loves to call Hoover home! The median home value is the 4th highest in Alabama.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Heart of Dixie.

Hoover should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

Review Of Hoover by HomeSnacks User

Hoover is a suburban community just outside the city of Birmingham. Crime is low, schools are consistently rated in Best Schools in America lists and there are many recreational options nearby, including many parks. Plenty of shopping from high-end to budget-friendly available. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are cookie-cutter, but homes and lawns are maintained well and there is no littering or trash in public spaces. Its a small and safe place to live!

Oak Mountain is a favorite. You can hike, swim, fish, camp or go to a concert at the outdoor theater venue. Hoover is in a great location, so you have easy access to museums, botanical gardens, historic movie theaters, shopping, and the airport. Hoover has grown rapidly and the roadways havent kept up, so traffic is an inevitable frustration. Popular stores and restaurants seem to be on side of town and creates a lot of congestion. There is a lot of open space in the city, so building places in other parts of town would help.

Southside, AL

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8.5
/10

Population: 8,563
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $153,400 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (4th best)
More on Southside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Looks like little Southside might be a hidden gem in Alabama. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($153,400) and crime is really low (6th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

Fairhope, AL

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8.5
/10

Population: 17,996
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $243,900 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (23rd best)
More on Fairhope: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairhope has a really low crime rate (34th lowest) and only 5.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($61,723). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Fairhope.

Review Of Fairhope by HomeSnacks User

This town is a very quaint and peaceful town. The downtown area is very friendly with lots of food and shopping options. The pier and bay area is a very nice place to take an evening walk and watch the most beautiful sunsets over the bay.

Bone and Barrel has the best food on Fairhope, Avenue. There’s also a very good ice cream shop called Mr. Gene’s Beans and several good coffee shops in the area.

Daphne, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,295
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $184,600 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (28th best)
More on Daphne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Daphne should be “Everything is greater in Daphne,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Daphne has some of the highest home values in Alabama, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Daphne only has 1180.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Daphne a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Northport, AL

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8
/10

Population: 24,544
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $162,400 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (31st best)
More on Northport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Northport has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Northport has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 5.8% and lowering. And the Northport police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 36th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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

  1. Highland Lakes (Pop. 4,860)
  2. Indian Springs Village (Pop. 2,529)
  3. Lake View (Pop. 2,801)
  4. Priceville (Pop. 3,060)
  5. Mount Olive CDP (Jefferson (Pop. 4,237)
  6. Kimberly (Pop. 2,840)
  7. Shoal Creek (Pop. 1,448)
  8. Blue Ridge (Pop. 1,414)
  9. Trinity (Pop. 2,110)
  10. Springville (Pop. 4,199)

Best Small Towns To Live In Alabama

  1. Stockton (Pop. 687)
  2. Mooresville (Pop. 69)
  3. Sweet Water (Pop. 332)
  4. Lowndesboro (Pop. 95)
  5. Magnolia Springs (Pop. 740)
  6. McIntosh (Pop. 339)
  7. Eunola (Pop. 362)
  8. St. Florian (Pop. 429)
  9. Coker (Pop. 817)
  10. Grant (Pop. 961)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Alabama according to the data:

  1. Anniston (Pop. 22,441)
  2. Bessemer (Pop. 26,856)
  3. Prichard (Pop. 22,340)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Alabama

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Mountain Brook 20,532 1.9% $557,300
2 Vestavia Hills 34,243 2.5% $346,600
3 Madison 46,396 5.1% $233,600
4 Homewood 25,652 3.2% $299,100
5 Helena 17,630 2.9% $185,000
6 Hoover 84,100 4.1% $268,100
7 Southside 8,563 2.6% $153,400
8 Fairhope 17,996 5.1% $243,900
9 Daphne 24,295 5.7% $184,600
10 Northport 24,544 5.8% $162,400
11 Millbrook 15,045 2.8% $144,800
12 Alabaster 32,269 4.5% $166,300
13 Satsuma 6,159 6.4% $152,000
14 Enterprise 28,025 6.3% $166,500
15 Pelham 22,596 4.8% $169,600
16 Pleasant Grove 10,284 7.5% $151,000
17 Chelsea 11,706 4.0% $216,300
18 Pike Road 7,790 3.0% $244,900
19 Spanish Fort 7,825 2.2% $241,500
20 Prattville 35,107 5.6% $150,800
21 Auburn 60,318 6.0% $226,600
22 Moody 12,464 4.5% $150,100
23 Muscle Shoals 13,585 4.6% $135,000
24 Hartselle 14,475 9.0% $132,000
25 Gardendale 13,750 5.1% $158,400
26 Orange Beach 5,791 5.7% $248,200
27 Tuscaloosa 96,352 8.1% $170,800
28 Trussville 20,872 3.2% $233,500
29 Tuscumbia 8,506 5.6% $102,300
30 Clay 9,659 4.2% $151,800
31 Fultondale 8,854 4.2% $130,000
32 Saraland 13,778 6.9% $135,600
33 Huntsville 188,973 8.1% $168,900
34 Leeds 11,701 4.9% $141,600
35 Calera 12,839 3.5% $138,200
36 Athens 24,461 8.2% $139,400
37 Oxford 21,202 9.7% $129,100
38 Cullman 15,156 5.4% $142,300
39 Florence 39,938 7.6% $126,000
40 Smiths Station 5,235 4.8% $134,500
41 Hueytown 15,797 7.6% $112,600
42 Montgomery 201,717 8.8% $116,600
43 Wetumpka 7,654 14.7% $135,300
44 Dothan 68,066 8.6% $141,000
45 Gulf Shores 11,252 10.4% $236,600
46 Decatur 55,419 8.1% $127,100
47 Irondale 12,388 8.2% $127,300
48 Opelika 29,030 5.9% $153,400
49 Jacksonville 12,827 13.4% $149,400
50 Pinson 7,451 8.0% $131,000
51 Glencoe 5,122 10.8% $117,100
52 Attalla 5,934 15.1% $72,200
53 Montevallo 6,633 11.4% $148,500
54 Scottsboro 14,748 8.4% $128,600
55 Foley 16,741 10.3% $153,500
56 Oneonta 6,645 6.4% $153,500
57 Arab 8,247 7.9% $149,300
58 Valley 9,439 5.8% $82,900
59 Tallassee 5,657 12.9% $84,700
60 Guntersville 8,360 6.9% $167,500
61 Troy 18,944 9.0% $150,900
62 Albertville 21,434 5.8% $106,200
63 Mobile 193,717 9.4% $119,500
64 Robertsdale 5,776 3.3% $131,300
65 Fairfield 10,937 13.8% $95,100
66 Sheffield 9,067 7.5% $88,900
67 Lincoln 6,429 9.8% $125,500
68 Daleville 5,160 16.1% $99,400
69 Hamilton 6,784 9.5% $95,400
70 Boaz 9,639 7.6% $107,600
71 Bay Minette 9,019 7.1% $119,400
72 Demopolis 7,167 14.5% $115,100
73 Sylacauga 12,696 12.2% $117,000
74 Midfield 5,260 9.0% $75,600
75 Brewton 5,435 9.8% $97,400
76 Jasper 14,137 9.6% $136,000
77 Ozark 14,721 9.7% $97,400
78 Fort Payne 14,101 10.1% $115,600
79 Greenville 7,896 9.7% $105,400
80 Eufaula 12,688 14.3% $126,900
81 Andalusia 9,042 10.3% $97,900
82 Roanoke 5,987 8.0% $78,500
83 Tuskegee 9,050 19.0% $77,300
84 Center Point 16,711 14.1% $100,300
85 Opp 6,635 12.9% $87,900
86 Chickasaw 5,955 12.0% $78,200
87 Childersburg 5,062 9.6% $105,900
88 Russellville 9,804 10.2% $96,400
89 Birmingham 212,424 11.8% $87,100
90 Monroeville 6,203 26.1% $105,800
91 Jackson 5,002 15.8% $101,100
92 Talladega 15,793 19.5% $83,500
93 Gadsden 36,235 9.9% $72,700
94 Atmore 10,067 17.4% $96,100
95 Selma 19,650 18.2% $90,400
96 Clanton 8,730 11.3% $114,300
97 Lanett 6,454 12.5% $81,200
98 Tarrant 6,271 10.8% $72,900
99 Anniston 22,441 15.7% $98,500
100 Bessemer 26,856 14.3% $85,300

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Alabama For 2019

  1. Strange that Huntsville is rated as the 7th best places to live in the intire US but didn’t make your top 10 list. Give me a break.

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