These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Alabama


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:

  1. Madison (Photos)
  2. Fairhope (Photos)
  3. Daphne (Photos)
  4. Mountain Brook (Photos)
  5. Vestavia Hills (Photos)
  6. Homewood (Photos)
  7. Hoover (Photos)
  8. Foley (Photos)
  9. Trussville (Photos)
  10. Huntsville (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Gadsden is the most affordable city in Alabama.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Alabama

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Madison, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Madison

Madison, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,866
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 118
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 106

2. Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,661
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 128
Healthcare Index: 88
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 107

3. Daphne

Daphne, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,983
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 107
Healthcare Index: 88
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 107

4. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 241
Healthcare Index: 81
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 93

5. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 164
Healthcare Index: 81
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 93

6. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,420
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 139
Healthcare Index: 81
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 93

7. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 81
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 93

8. Foley

Foley, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,428
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 88
Healthcare Index: 88
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 107

9. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,229
Services Index: 99
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 128
Healthcare Index: 81
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 93

10. Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 184,132
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 106

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

If you’re curious, here are the most 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 Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Madison 1 44,866 103 95 96 118 98 106
Fairhope 2 16,661 96 103 88 128 96 107
Daphne 3 22,983 96 103 88 107 96 107
Mountain Brook 4 20,484 99 102 81 241 89 93
Vestavia Hills 5 34,061 99 102 81 164 89 93
Homewood 6 25,420 99 102 81 139 89 93
Hoover 7 82,849 99 102 81 135 89 93
Foley 8 15,428 96 103 88 88 96 107
Trussville 9 20,229 99 102 81 128 89 93
Huntsville 10 184,132 103 95 96 84 98 106
Auburn 11 56,986 110 101 87 109 92 86
Helena 12 16,752 99 102 81 118 89 93
Chelsea 13 11,051 99 102 81 116 89 93
Pelham 14 22,106 99 102 81 100 89 93
Saraland 15 13,657 96 103 88 75 96 107
Alabaster 16 30,978 99 102 81 98 89 93
Mobile 17 194,942 96 103 88 74 96 107
Gardendale 18 13,809 99 102 81 92 89 93
Northport 19 24,092 99 102 81 89 89 93
Pleasant Grove 20 10,230 99 102 81 88 89 93
Calera 21 12,376 99 102 81 88 89 93
Tuscaloosa 22 93,325 99 102 81 88 89 93
Moody 23 12,124 99 102 81 87 89 93
Prattville 24 34,349 97 98 81 87 89 106
Irondale 25 12,399 99 102 81 84 89 93
Athens 26 23,335 96 96 89 75 90 107
Opelika 27 27,956 110 101 87 74 92 86
Millbrook 28 14,858 97 98 81 83 89 106
Enterprise 29 27,375 87 101 84 85 93 87
Leeds 30 12,063 99 102 81 76 89 93
Scottsboro 31 14,779 103 95 96 62 98 106
Troy 32 18,636 97 98 81 82 89 106
Albertville 33 21,363 103 95 96 59 98 106
Cullman 34 14,933 96 96 89 69 90 107
Decatur 35 55,641 96 96 89 69 90 107
Dothan 36 67,574 87 101 84 75 93 87
Muscle Shoals 37 13,380 98 94 83 73 92 101
Hartselle 38 14,393 96 96 89 68 90 107
Jasper 39 14,247 99 102 81 72 89 93
Phenix City 40 35,753 110 101 87 69 92 86
Montgomery 41 204,095 97 98 81 73 89 106
Pell City 42 13,128 94 94 80 87 89 96
Hueytown 43 15,956 99 102 81 69 89 93
Center Point 44 16,876 99 102 81 68 89 93
Atmore 45 10,096 96 103 88 54 96 107
Eufaula 46 12,897 87 101 84 70 93 87
Florence 47 39,738 98 94 83 64 92 101
Sylacauga 48 12,786 99 102 81 63 89 93
Jacksonville 49 12,416 94 94 80 73 89 96
Prichard 50 22,475 96 103 88 49 96 107
Oxford 51 21,250 94 94 80 71 89 96
Alexander City 52 14,815 110 101 87 56 92 86
Birmingham 53 211,705 99 102 81 58 89 93
Fort Payne 54 14,115 97 95 103 52 97 92
Fairfield 55 11,039 99 102 81 58 89 93
Bessemer 56 27,202 99 102 81 57 89 93
Ozark 57 14,835 87 101 84 55 93 87
Selma 58 20,276 97 98 81 49 89 106
Anniston 59 22,749 94 94 80 58 89 96
Talladega 60 16,034 94 94 80 50 89 96
Gadsden 61 36,621 94 94 80 47 89 96

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