These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Alabama


We analyzed over 48 places in Alabama to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Alabama.

But where exactly in Alabama? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Alabama that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Florence don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Heart of Dixie to retire:

  1. Florence
  2. Alabaster
  3. Daphne
  4. Hoover
  5. Mobile
  6. Hueytown
  7. Birmingham
  8. Atmore
  9. Albertville
  10. Helena

Why did Florence take the top spot? And where are Birmingham and Montgomery? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Heart of Dixie

To create our list of the best places in Alabama to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Heart of Dixie with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 48 places from across the state.

For these 48, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 48, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Florence, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Florence

Florence, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,738
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,222
Florence ranked 1 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 20 place safety rank.

2. Alabaster

Alabaster, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,978
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,162
Alabaster ranked 2 overall thanks to its 23 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

3. Daphne

Daphne, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,983
Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 134 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,253
Daphne ranked 3 overall thanks to its 34 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

4. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849
Cost Of Living: 105
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,842
Hoover ranked 4 overall thanks to its 45 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

5. Mobile

Mobile, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 194,942
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 136 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,715
Mobile ranked 5 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 41 place safety rank.

6. Hueytown

Hueytown, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,956
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,985
Hueytown ranked 6 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.

7. Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,705
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 8,170
Birmingham ranked 7 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 44 place safety rank.

8. Atmore

Atmore, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,096
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 122 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,506
Atmore ranked 8 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.

9. Albertville

Albertville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,363
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,646
Albertville ranked 9 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.

10. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
Crime Per 100k: 967
Helena ranked 10 overall thanks to its 31 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Alabama goes to Florence.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Opelika
  • Ozark
  • Muscle Shoals

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Alabama

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Florence 1 39,738 87 101 4,222
Alabaster 2 30,978 89 24 2,162
Daphne 3 22,983 93 134 2,253
Hoover 4 82,849 105 13 2,842
Mobile 5 194,942 81 136 6,715
Hueytown 6 15,956 83 18 3,985
Birmingham 7 211,705 78 3 8,170
Atmore 8 10,096 83 122 3,506
Albertville 9 21,363 81 57 3,646
Helena 10 16,752 91 20 967
Moody 11 12,124 87 15 1,946
Saraland 12 13,657 83 140 4,181
Prichard 13 22,475 78 137 7,305
Fairhope 14 16,661 104 132 3,709
Leeds 15 12,063 83 10 4,832
Irondale 16 12,399 85 5 3,718
Vestavia Hills 17 34,061 114 6 1,403
Pelham 18 22,106 91 16 1,958
Hartselle 19 14,393 90 61 2,424
Jacksonville 20 12,416 90 59 4,244
Gadsden 21 36,621 80 52 8,639
Tuscaloosa 22 93,325 95 50 4,933
Madison 23 44,866 98 79 2,436
Eufaula 24 12,897 89 121 4,272
Talladega 25 16,034 82 38 7,215
Selma 26 20,276 82 80 11,540
Cullman 27 14,933 89 42 4,700
Foley 28 15,428 90 118 5,405
Oxford 29 21,250 86 50 5,237
Homewood 30 25,420 107 7 4,331
Northport 31 24,092 99 52 4,491
Decatur 32 55,641 90 71 4,606
Prattville 33 34,349 95 77 3,944
Troy 34 18,636 95 111 5,730
Montgomery 35 204,095 89 88 4,934
Sylacauga 36 12,786 89 38 6,295
Enterprise 37 27,375 96 77 3,868
Millbrook 38 14,858 92 76 5,067
Gardendale 39 13,809 88 8 4,279
Auburn 40 56,986 110 93 3,123
Jasper 41 14,247 88 35 8,640
Athens 42 23,335 94 84 3,244
Anniston 43 22,749 84 54 9,877
Scottsboro 44 14,779 87 84 4,472
Huntsville 45 184,132 97 78 5,771
Muscle Shoals 46 13,380 90 95 6,210
Ozark 47 14,835 84 85 6,518
Opelika 48 27,956 96 86 6,474

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