Are you sick of being a city slicker?
Do you long for life in suburban Alabama? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?
We do too.
Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.
So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Montgomery, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Alabama suburb was best?
No worries. We got it all figured out here.
These are the 10 best suburbs in the Heart Of Dixie:
- Mountain Brook (Photos)
- Vestavia Hills (Photos)
- Helena (Photos)
- Homewood (Photos)
- Hoover (Photos)
- Pike Road (Photos)
- Chelsea (Photos)
- Millbrook (Photos)
- Alabaster (Photos)
- Trussville (Photos)
Mountain Brook is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Alabama.
So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Alabama, we’ve got you covered.
How do you determine which suburb is the best in Alabama anyways?
To give you the best suburbs in Alabama, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best city’ and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Heart Of Dixie
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Alabama, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).
We paid particular attention to:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher is Better)
- Unemployment Rates
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We ranked each suburb in Alabama across a number of criteria from one to 33, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title ‘Best Suburb To Live In Alabama’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Alabama
Read on to see why Mountain Brook is the ‘burb with the most, while Bessemer is probably not the best place to live in Alabama.
Median Income: $129,777
Median Home Price: $557,300
Mountain Brook is located 4 miles east of Birmingham.
Median Income: $93,178
Median Home Price: $346,600
Vestavia Hills is located 5 miles south of Birmingham.
Median Income: $84,888
Median Home Price: $185,000
Helena is located 17 miles south of Birmingham.
Median Income: $66,573
Median Home Price: $299,100
Homewood is located 4 miles south of Birmingham.
Median Income: $78,056
Median Home Price: $268,100
Hoover is located 10 miles south of Birmingham.
6. Pike Road
Median Income: $94,805
Median Home Price: $244,900
Pike Road is located 13 miles east of Montgomery.
Median Income: $91,199
Median Home Price: $216,300
Chelsea is located 16 miles south of Birmingham.
Median Income: $59,435
Median Home Price: $144,800
Millbrook is located 12 miles north of Montgomery.
Median Income: $73,325
Median Home Price: $166,300
Alabaster is located 21 miles south of Birmingham.
Median Income: $84,198
Median Home Price: $233,500
Trussville is located 16 miles east of Birmingham.
There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Alabama
Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Alabama according to the data:
For more Alabama reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Alabama