Best Small Towns In Alabama For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Alabama are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Alabama.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Alabama, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Heart of Dixie and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Alabama based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Alabama ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Alabama for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Alabama? Indian Springs Village is the best small town in Alabama based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Indian Springs Village, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Heart of Dixie check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Alabama For 2020

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,590
Median Income: $110,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $353,100 (3rd Best)
More on Indian Springs Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,602
Median Income: $86,477 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $259,900 (4th Best)
More on Blue Ridge: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,073
Median Income: $78,625 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $188,300 (13th Best)
More on Kimberly: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,028
Median Income: $84,668 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $203,500 (9th Best)
More on Lake View: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,398
Median Income: $122,857 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $431,100 (2nd Best)
More on Shoal Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,318
Median Income: $98,333 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $191,800 (11th Best)
More on Priceville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,195
Median Income: $78,958 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $214,300 (8th Best)
More on Springville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,831
Median Income: $72,194 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,500 (16th Best)
More on Morris: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,574
Median Income: $69,152 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $163,200 (19th Best)
More on Pine Level: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,242
Median Income: $95,677 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $251,000 (5th Best)
More on Redland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,229
Median Income: $84,861 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,500 (6th Best)
More on Dauphin Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,763
Median Income: $59,500 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $138,700 (37th Best)
More on Sardis City: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,478
Median Income: $64,609 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,200 (15th Best)
More on Level Plains: Data | Homes For Sale

Argo, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,235
Median Income: $70,439 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $175,400 (17th Best)
More on Argo: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,752
Median Income: $58,720 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,500 (31st Best)
More on Margaret: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Alabama

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 193 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 193, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Alabama. Top of that list — Indian Springs Village. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Alabama.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Alabama are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Alabama:

  1. Clio
  2. Camp Hill
  3. Mosses

For more alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Alabama

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Indian Springs Village, AL 2,590 $110,000.0 $353,100.0
2 Blue Ridge, AL 1,602 $86,477.0 $259,900.0
3 Kimberly, AL 3,073 $78,625.0 $188,300.0
4 Lake View, AL 3,028 $84,668.0 $203,500.0
5 Shoal Creek, AL 1,398 $122,857.0 $431,100.0
6 Priceville, AL 3,318 $98,333.0 $191,800.0
7 Springville, AL 4,195 $78,958.0 $214,300.0
8 Morris, AL 1,831 $72,194.0 $175,500.0
9 Pine Level, AL 4,574 $69,152.0 $163,200.0
10 Redland, AL 4,242 $95,677.0 $251,000.0
11 Dauphin Island, AL 1,229 $84,861.0 $240,500.0
12 Sardis City, AL 1,763 $59,500.0 $138,700.0
13 Level Plains, AL 2,478 $64,609.0 $180,200.0
14 Argo, AL 4,235 $70,439.0 $175,400.0
15 Margaret, AL 4,752 $58,720.0 $144,500.0
16 Deatsville, AL 1,350 $78,750.0 $197,000.0
17 Trinity, AL 2,972 $59,615.0 $145,300.0
18 Choccolocco, AL 2,396 $74,514.0 $183,100.0
19 Hokes Bluff, AL 4,271 $48,472.0 $124,400.0
20 Alexandria, AL 4,000 $71,677.0 $117,500.0
21 Concord, AL 1,690 $74,803.0 $153,600.0
22 Rehobeth, AL 1,862 $59,125.0 $141,700.0
23 Killen, AL 1,196 $54,653.0 $137,500.0
24 Coaling, AL 1,635 $65,833.0 $146,500.0
25 Excel, AL 1,013 $46,023.0 $142,100.0
26 Brookwood, AL 2,192 $61,726.0 $133,800.0
27 Emerald Mountain, AL 3,200 $84,500.0 $222,900.0
28 Odenville, AL 3,751 $77,283.0 $142,300.0
29 Point Clear, AL 2,482 $53,460.0 $505,900.0
30 Owens Cross Roads, AL 2,029 $67,917.0 $136,200.0
31 Camden, AL 2,142 $38,281.0 $116,300.0
32 Valley Grande, AL 3,773 $63,857.0 $122,200.0
33 Smoke Rise, AL 2,360 $87,019.0 $160,000.0
34 Underwood-Petersville, AL 3,196 $51,908.0 $112,400.0
35 Lineville, AL 2,471 $42,292.0 $111,900.0
36 Ashford, AL 2,346 $43,664.0 $130,300.0
37 Vance, AL 1,732 $72,083.0 $135,500.0
38 Sylvan Springs, AL 1,670 $64,306.0 $155,700.0
39 Thomasville, AL 3,997 $36,613.0 $135,600.0
40 Westover, AL 1,603 $67,634.0 $188,700.0
41 Hayden, AL 1,252 $54,688.0 $150,400.0
42 Moulton, AL 3,283 $33,948.0 $93,200.0
43 Moundville, AL 2,774 $52,645.0 $132,400.0
44 Summerdale, AL 1,026 $47,019.0 $158,700.0
45 Hazel Green, AL 3,452 $40,301.0 $128,600.0
46 Axis, AL 1,473 $49,229.0 $122,100.0
47 Winfield, AL 4,475 $41,250.0 $128,000.0
48 Rock Creek, AL 1,369 $60,833.0 $116,300.0
49 Centreville, AL 2,677 $41,912.0 $110,100.0
50 Thorsby, AL 1,938 $55,714.0 $121,000.0
51 New Hope, AL 2,856 $49,071.0 $121,800.0
52 Weaver, AL 3,076 $51,833.0 $108,900.0
53 Headland, AL 4,661 $57,930.0 $147,900.0
54 Semmes, AL 4,869 $50,058.0 $131,100.0
55 Sumiton, AL 2,586 $43,125.0 $129,900.0
56 Sylvania, AL 2,413 $48,636.0 $103,400.0
57 Grand Bay, AL 4,090 $73,275.0 $123,100.0
58 Columbiana, AL 4,420 $38,667.0 $124,800.0
59 Ohatchee, AL 1,293 $54,879.0 $138,700.0
60 Eclectic, AL 1,042 $44,183.0 $125,700.0
61 Luverne, AL 2,771 $36,163.0 $91,400.0
62 Leesburg, AL 1,092 $50,573.0 $153,200.0
63 Munford, AL 1,305 $35,972.0 $83,800.0
64 Cowarts, AL 2,223 $40,795.0 $98,800.0
65 Wilsonville, AL 2,246 $58,306.0 $149,300.0
66 Coosada, AL 1,116 $47,591.0 $158,100.0
67 Ladonia, AL 3,444 $32,284.0 $78,600.0
68 Cottondale, AL 3,469 $56,141.0 $117,300.0
69 Loxley, AL 2,077 $54,771.0 $174,700.0
70 Abbeville, AL 2,582 $42,877.0 $85,400.0
71 Holtville, AL 4,133 $53,056.0 $142,000.0
72 Ballplay, AL 1,458 $58,438.0 $64,700.0
73 Grove Hill, AL 1,573 $38,929.0 $136,900.0
74 Tidmore Bend, AL 1,237 $55,000.0 $94,700.0
75 Fayette, AL 4,385 $34,144.0 $78,900.0
76 Huguley, AL 2,273 $39,309.0 $80,100.0
77 Cedar Bluff, AL 2,067 $30,870.0 $87,900.0
78 New Union, AL 1,091 $53,523.0 $84,300.0
79 Lookout Mountain, AL 1,805 $55,625.0 $114,100.0
80 Brent, AL 4,840 $37,103.0 $100,900.0
81 Fyffe, AL 1,357 $45,000.0 $100,900.0
82 Creola, AL 1,887 $52,823.0 $127,800.0
83 Kinsey, AL 2,211 $38,468.0 $89,500.0
84 Millport, AL 1,061 $32,981.0 $63,300.0
85 Citronelle, AL 3,911 $42,571.0 $118,300.0
86 Stewartville, AL 1,627 $44,485.0 $74,400.0
87 Livingston, AL 3,410 $12,679.0 $138,600.0
88 Falkville, AL 1,373 $40,357.0 $85,900.0
89 Minor, AL 1,074 $44,539.0 $81,700.0
90 Littleville, AL 1,104 $42,113.0 $88,500.0
91 Crossville, AL 1,945 $36,161.0 $111,200.0
92 West Blocton, AL 1,352 $38,393.0 $83,100.0
93 Woodstock, AL 2,371 $75,500.0 $118,000.0
94 Coats Bend, AL 1,600 $39,732.0 $93,800.0
95 Butler, AL 2,136 $36,319.0 $88,600.0
96 Elberta, AL 1,741 $34,455.0 $116,800.0
97 Ardmore, AL 1,305 $38,214.0 $110,400.0
98 Sulligent, AL 2,083 $21,012.0 $84,700.0
99 Centre, AL 3,505 $30,000.0 $115,000.0
100 Gordo, AL 1,856 $33,333.0 $111,300.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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