These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Alabama For 2018


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Alabama for 2018:

  1. Highland Lakes (Homes For Sale)
  2. Indian Springs Village (Homes For Sale)
  3. Lake View (Homes For Sale)
  4. Priceville (Homes For Sale)
  5. Kimberly (Homes For Sale)
  6. Morris (Homes For Sale)
  7. Mount Olive CDP (Jefferson County) (Homes For Sale)
  8. Shoal Creek (Homes For Sale)
  9. Blue Ridge (Homes For Sale)
  10. Springville (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Highland Lakes, 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.

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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 2012-2016 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 – 196 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 196, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Alabama. Top of that list — Highland Lakes.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Alabama.

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1. Highland Lakes


Population: 4,860
Median Income: $134,315 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $419,100 (2nd Best)
More on Highland Lakes: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Indian Springs Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,529
Median Income: $100,078 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $323,000 (3rd Best)
More on Indian Springs Village: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Lake View


Population: 2,801
Median Income: $80,573 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $188,200 (11th Best)
More on Lake View: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Priceville


Population: 3,060
Median Income: $92,857 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $182,900 (12th Best)
More on Priceville: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Kimberly


Population: 2,840
Median Income: $71,161 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,800 (16th Best)
More on Kimberly: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Morris


Population: 1,775
Median Income: $68,958 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,100 (15th Best)
More on Morris: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Mount Olive Cdp (Jefferson County)

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,237
Median Income: $69,429 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $161,300 (19th Best)
More on Mount Olive Cdp (Jefferson County): Data| Homes For Sale

8. Shoal Creek


Population: 1,448
Median Income: $126,597 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $431,600 (1st Best)
More on Shoal Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Blue Ridge


Population: 1,414
Median Income: $95,625 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,900 (4th Best)
More on Blue Ridge: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Springville


Population: 4,199
Median Income: $83,173 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $210,900 (8th Best)
More on Springville: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Trinity


Population: 2,110
Median Income: $70,568 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,300 (17th Best)
More on Trinity: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Smoke Rise


Population: 2,556
Median Income: $90,417 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,400 (13th Best)
More on Smoke Rise: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Margaret


Population: 4,530
Median Income: $65,918 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $143,800 (28th Best)
More on Margaret: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Hokes Bluff


Population: 4,299
Median Income: $48,371 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $123,500 (52nd Best)
More on Hokes Bluff: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Redland


Population: 4,112
Median Income: $76,842 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $225,000 (5th Best)
More on Redland: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Grayson Valley


Population: 4,872
Median Income: $49,390 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $121,200 (55th Best)
More on Grayson Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Dauphin Island


Population: 1,156
Median Income: $68,750 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,700 (6th Best)
More on Dauphin Island: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Thomasville

Thomasville, AL

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,064
Median Income: $38,877 (92nd Best)
Median Home Value: $113,500 (66th Best)
More on Thomasville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Concord


Population: 1,837
Median Income: $54,808 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $144,600 (25th Best)
More on Concord: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Deatsville


Population: 1,063
Median Income: $77,333 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,000 (9th Best)
More on Deatsville: Data| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Mosses
  3. Cordova

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Alabama

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Highland Lakes 4,860 $134,315 $419,100
2 Indian Springs Village 2,529 $100,078 $323,000
3 Lake View 2,801 $80,573 $188,200
4 Priceville 3,060 $92,857 $182,900
5 Kimberly 2,840 $71,161 $169,800
6 Morris 1,775 $68,958 $170,100
7 Mount Olive Cdp (Jefferson County) 4,237 $69,429 $161,300
8 Shoal Creek 1,448 $126,597 $431,600
9 Blue Ridge 1,414 $95,625 $246,900
10 Springville 4,199 $83,173 $210,900
11 Trinity 2,110 $70,568 $166,300
12 Smoke Rise 2,556 $90,417 $180,400
13 Margaret 4,530 $65,918 $143,800
14 Hokes Bluff 4,299 $48,371 $123,500
15 Redland 4,112 $76,842 $225,000
16 Grayson Valley 4,872 $49,390 $121,200
17 Dauphin Island 1,156 $68,750 $212,700
18 Thomasville 4,064 $38,877 $113,500
19 Concord 1,837 $54,808 $144,600
20 Deatsville 1,063 $77,333 $194,000
21 Sardis City 1,570 $51,848 $128,700
22 Rehobeth 1,732 $46,659 $134,500
23 Choccolocco 2,663 $61,378 $190,600
24 Riverside 2,018 $55,625 $158,300
25 Emerald Mountain 3,134 $90,043 $211,800
26 Odenville 3,700 $69,792 $140,600
27 Vance 1,325 $66,111 $140,200
28 Pine Level 3,918 $60,744 $149,500
29 Owens Cross Roads 1,799 $71,094 $131,800
30 Killen 1,129 $52,143 $133,000
31 Brookwood 2,029 $53,958 $124,300
32 New Market 1,201 $60,282 $129,800
33 Cottondale 3,546 $50,063 $110,800
34 Argo 4,145 $58,103 $158,800
35 Rock Creek 1,430 $54,500 $119,400
36 Winfield 4,448 $36,691 $129,400
37 Coaling 1,637 $57,679 $143,500
38 Hayden 1,222 $50,179 $124,700
39 Good Hope 2,499 $49,649 $97,200
40 Level Plains 2,430 $63,676 $137,700
41 Westover 1,315 $65,294 $174,600
42 New Hope 2,808 $47,039 $121,800
43 Alexandria 3,980 $57,411 $115,500
44 Centreville 2,720 $43,438 $124,300
45 Semmes 3,786 $49,667 $137,700
46 Hazel Green 3,188 $39,566 $128,200
47 Weaver 3,083 $47,778 $98,600
48 Moundville 2,580 $47,370 $123,100
49 Headland 4,691 $46,135 $140,400
50 Rainsville 4,986 $39,477 $113,500
51 Coosada 1,185 $43,646 $143,900
52 Thorsby 2,007 $53,315 $132,500
53 Sylvan Springs 1,753 $57,102 $149,600
54 Ashford 2,211 $43,641 $112,800
55 Sumiton 2,735 $37,569 $129,200
56 Sylvania 2,408 $44,914 $106,900
57 Valley Grande 3,855 $51,500 $120,300
58 Woodstock 2,027 $65,500 $113,400
59 Camden 2,560 $34,250 $101,800
60 Underwood-Petersville 3,723 $45,490 $104,000
61 Brent 4,902 $34,273 $103,300
62 Lineville 2,590 $32,244 $94,700
63 Cowarts 2,020 $41,625 $91,900
64 Fayette 4,491 $28,846 $76,000
65 Columbiana 4,265 $34,336 $140,400
66 Moulton 3,367 $30,063 $90,000
67 Hanceville 3,223 $32,381 $89,800
68 Cedar Bluff 1,994 $38,141 $87,100
69 Grand Bay 3,841 $54,097 $112,800
70 Leesburg 1,181 $44,135 $128,100
71 Creola 1,712 $48,913 $115,000
72 Minor 1,140 $48,281 $79,200
73 Littleville 1,045 $45,188 $89,100
74 Centre 3,573 $31,898 $96,400
75 Munford 1,356 $35,833 $79,400
76 Fyffe 1,465 $46,080 $114,000
77 Lookout Mountain 1,513 $52,917 $113,900
78 Millport 1,056 $31,150 $71,600
79 Huguley 2,257 $39,916 $75,500
80 Holtville 4,271 $48,438 $144,000
81 Adamsville 4,422 $44,833 $95,300
82 Coats Bend 1,811 $42,500 $84,400
83 Eclectic 1,002 $44,375 $108,600
84 Elberta 1,400 $30,750 $111,700
85 Grove Hill 1,583 $37,063 $135,200
86 Kinsey 2,227 $37,500 $85,300
87 Fayetteville 1,437 $42,500 $95,000
88 Taylor 2,704 $41,806 $92,700
89 Luverne 2,824 $29,618 $92,600
90 Loxley 1,837 $50,076 $143,800
91 Dunnavant 1,063 $44,286 $110,000
92 Holly Pond 1,146 $38,482 $126,800
93 Brantleyville 1,110 $42,000 $29,200
94 Citronelle 3,883 $44,026 $116,200
95 Tidmore Bend 1,266 $50,000 $97,800
96 Butler 2,255 $30,787 $77,900
97 Locust Fork 1,404 $56,250 $115,800
98 Wilsonville 2,119 $46,964 $116,500
99 New Brockton 1,280 $44,261 $90,000
100 Bayou La Batre 2,532 $40,909 $90,300

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