These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Alabama For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Alabama that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Alabama does this very well. Families love the Heart Of Dixie’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Alabama that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Alabama for 2018:

  1. Fairhope (Photos)
  2. Madison (Photos)
  3. Daphne (Photos)
  4. Foley (Photos)
  5. Huntsville (Photos)
  6. Saraland
  7. Mobile (Photos)
  8. Scottsboro (Photos)
  9. Albertville (Photos)
  10. Atmore (Photos)

So hopefully Gadsden (the cheapest place to live in Alabama) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Heart of Dixie For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Alabama to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 61 places in Alabama that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,599
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 128
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Fairhope is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on a sloping plateau, along the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 15,326. Fairhope is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County. In 2016, Fairhope was named the best small town in the South by Southern Living magazine.

2. Madison

Madison, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,925
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 118
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
Madison is a city located primarily in Madison County, near the northern border of the State of Alabama. Madison extends west into neighboring Limestone County. The city is included in the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, the second-largest in the state, and is also included in the merged Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 42,938. Madison is bordered by Huntsville on all sides.

3. Daphne

Daphne, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,800
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 107
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Daphne (/dæfni/) is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay. The city is located along I-10, 11 miles east of Mobile and 170 miles southwest of the state capital of Montgomery. The 2010 United States Census lists the population of the city as 21,570, making Daphne the most populous city in Baldwin County. It is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

4. Foley

Foley, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,603
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 88
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 14,618. Foley is a principal city of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

5. Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 179,855
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 84
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
Huntsville is a city located primarily in Madison County in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County. The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County. Huntsville’s population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census. Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871. The Huntsville Metropolitan Area’s population was 417,593 in 2010 to become the 2nd largest in Alabama. Huntsville metro’s population reached 441,000 by 2014.

6. Saraland


Population: 13,407
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 75
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Saraland is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, and a suburb of Mobile. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 13,405. It is a part of the Mobile metropolitan area. Saraland is the third largest city in Mobile County.

7. Mobile

Mobile, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 195,239
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 74
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Mobile (/mobil/ moh-BEEL; French pronunciation: [m.bil]) is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. The population within the city limits was 195,111 as of the 2010 United States Census, making it the third most populous city in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

8. Scottsboro

Scottsboro, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,804
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 62
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
Scottsboro is a city in Jackson County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 14,770. Named for its founder Robert Scott, the city is the county seat of Jackson County.

9. Albertville

Albertville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,079
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 59
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
Albertville is a city in Marshall County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 21,160.

10. Atmore

Atmore, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,103
Services: 96
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 88
Housing: 54
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 107
Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in 1907. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 10,194, with an estimated population of 10,006 in 2014. Atmore is in the planning stages to increase its economic base with additions in its new Rivercane development along the I-65 corridor.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Alabama that have the highest cost of living, with Fairhope ranking as the most expensive city in the Heart of Dixie.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Alabama:

  1. Gadsden
  2. Talladega
  3. Anniston

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Alabama

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Fairhope 1 15,599 96 103 88
Madison 2 42,925 103 95 96
Daphne 3 21,800 96 103 88
Foley 4 14,603 96 103 88
Huntsville 5 179,855 103 95 96
Saraland 6 13,407 96 103 88
Mobile 7 195,239 96 103 88
Scottsboro 8 14,804 103 95 96
Albertville 9 21,079 103 95 96
Atmore 10 10,103 96 103 88
Prichard 11 22,844 96 103 88
Auburn 12 53,817 110 101 87
Athens 13 22,198 96 96 89
Mountain Brook 14 20,398 99 102 81
Vestavia Hills 15 33,831 99 102 81
Opelika 16 26,738 110 101 87
Homewood 17 25,123 99 102 81
Hoover 18 81,132 99 102 81
Trussville 19 19,521 99 102 81
Decatur 20 55,664 96 96 89
Cullman 21 14,801 96 96 89
Helena 22 16,504 99 102 81
Chelsea 23 10,161 99 102 81
Hartselle 24 14,242 96 96 89
Phenix City 25 33,555 110 101 87
Pelham 26 21,321 99 102 81
Alabaster 27 30,372 99 102 81
Gardendale 28 13,743 99 102 81
Northport 29 23,372 99 102 81
Pleasant Grove 30 10,148 99 102 81
Tuscaloosa 31 90,766 99 102 81
Calera 32 11,579 99 102 81
Moody 33 11,724 99 102 81
Alexander City 34 14,848 110 101 87
Irondale 35 12,323 99 102 81
Muscle Shoals 36 13,182 98 94 83
Leeds 37 12,160 99 102 81
Prattville 38 33,429 97 98 81
Jasper 39 14,332 99 102 81
Florence 40 39,288 98 94 83
Fort Payne 41 14,068 97 95 103
Millbrook 42 14,593 97 98 81
Hueytown 43 16,060 99 102 81
Troy 44 17,864 97 98 81
Center Point 45 16,908 99 102 81
Enterprise 46 26,635 87 101 84
Sylacauga 47 12,778 99 102 81
Montgomery 48 205,516 97 98 81
Fairfield 49 11,135 99 102 81
Birmingham 50 213,180 99 102 81
Dothan 51 66,355 87 101 84
Bessemer 52 27,516 99 102 81
Eufaula 53 13,086 87 101 84
Selma 54 20,559 97 98 81
Ozark 55 14,879 87 101 84
Pell City 56 12,723 94 94 80
Jacksonville 57 12,304 94 94 80
Oxford 58 21,234 94 94 80
Anniston 59 23,067 94 94 80
Talladega 60 15,753 94 94 80
Gadsden 61 36,888 94 94 80

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