These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama For 2018


We analyzed over 115 places in Alabama to determine where the 1% live.

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Mountain Brook, Pike Road, Helena: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Alabama. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Heart Of Dixie.

Mountain Brook in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $129,777 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Alabama share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 105 places in Alabama with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Alabama for 2018:

  1. Mountain Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Pike Road (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Trussville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Southside (Homes For Sale)
  7. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Spanish Fort (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Calera (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Alabama.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Alabama or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Alabama For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the ‘richest places’. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 105 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 105 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Rich Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Mountain Brook, crowned the ‘Richest Place In Alabama For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 105 places.

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1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Population: 20,532
Median Income: $129,777
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Mountain Brook: Homes For Sale | Data
Mountain Brook is a town in southeastern Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and an upper-middle-class suburb of Birmingham. Its estimated 2015 population is 20,691. It is one of the state’s most affluent places.

2. Pike Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Population: 7,790
Median Income: $94,805
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Pike Road: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Population: 17,630
Median Income: $84,888
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Helena: Homes For Sale | Data
Helena (pronunciation hel-LE-nah) is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th ‘Best Place to Raise Your Kids’ in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine’s 2007 list of ‘Best Places to Live: Top 100’ in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award (population 10,001 to 20,000).

4. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Population: 34,243
Median Income: $93,178
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Vestavia Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
Vestavia Hills is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama. It is a suburb of the city of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, its population was 34,033, up from 24,476 in 2000. It moved up from the fifth largest city in Jefferson County in 2000 to the third largest in 2010, behind Birmingham and Hoover.

5. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Population: 20,872
Median Income: $84,198
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Trussville: Homes For Sale | Data
Trussville is a city in Jefferson and St. Clair counties in the State of Alabama. It is a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its estimated 2015 population was 21,023.

6. Southside

Southside, Alabama

Population: 8,563
Median Income: $65,561
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data
Southside is a city in Etowah and Calhoun counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is included in the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. It incorporated in 1957. The population was 8,412 at the time of the 2010 United States Census. Located 8 to 12 miles (13 to 19 km) south of downtown Gadsden, Southside is one of the fastest growing cities in northeast Alabama.

7. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Population: 11,706
Median Income: $91,199
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Population: 7,825
Median Income: $70,448
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Spanish Fort: Homes For Sale | Data
Spanish Fort is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 6,798. It is a suburb of Mobile and is part of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area.

9. Clay

Clay, Alabama

Population: 9,659
Median Income: $69,973
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Clay: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Calera

Calera, Alabama

Population: 12,839
Median Income: $63,396
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Calera: Homes For Sale | Data
Calera is a city in Shelby and Chilton counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is the location of the Shelby County Airport. Calera’s population was 3,158 at the 2000 census.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Alabama For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Alabama, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Alabama.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Alabama, according to data:

Poorest: Selma
2nd Poorest: Prichard
3rd Poorest: Monroeville

For more Alabama reading , check out:

  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Alabama
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama
  • 10 Safest Places In Alabama
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Alabama

    City Rank Median Income
    Mountain Brook 1 $129,777
    Pike Road 2 $94,805
    Helena 3 $84,888
    Vestavia Hills 4 $93,178
    Trussville 5 $84,198
    Southside 6 $65,561
    Chelsea 7 $91,199
    Spanish Fort 8 $70,448
    Clay 9 $69,973
    Calera 10 $63,396
    Hoover 11 $78,056
    Madison 12 $95,423
    Pelham 13 $71,864
    Alabaster 14 $73,325
    Homewood 15 $66,573
    Moody 16 $60,911
    Gardendale 17 $62,668
    Millbrook 18 $59,435
    Fairhope 19 $61,723
    Orange Beach 20 $59,523
    Fultondale 21 $54,273
    Muscle Shoals 22 $52,132
    Pleasant Grove 23 $63,292
    Prattville 24 $56,364
    Smiths Station 25 $50,597
    Daphne 26 $61,508
    Pinson 27 $60,227
    Leeds 28 $56,087
    Satsuma 29 $61,836
    Saraland 30 $54,471
    Northport 31 $52,281
    Tuscumbia 32 $47,500
    Enterprise 33 $54,217
    Hartselle 34 $54,248
    Oneonta 35 $46,750
    Pell City 36 $47,936
    Robertsdale 37 $38,467
    Oxford 38 $51,928
    Lincoln 39 $52,388
    Valley 40 $39,387
    Glencoe 41 $48,860
    Huntsville 42 $51,441
    Athens 43 $45,920
    Guntersville 44 $42,273
    Cullman 45 $40,129
    Hueytown 46 $41,141
    Arab 47 $42,199
    Irondale 48 $47,949
    Opelika 49 $41,566
    Rainbow City 50 $49,496
    Gulf Shores 51 $50,814
    Decatur 52 $42,602
    Scottsboro 53 $40,722
    Dothan 54 $42,569
    Boaz 55 $39,328
    Wetumpka 56 $43,750
    Foley 57 $42,172
    Montgomery 58 $43,440
    Tallassee 59 $45,972
    Roanoke 60 $36,591
    Phenix City 61 $39,691
    Tuscaloosa 62 $40,542
    Hamilton 63 $37,391
    Clanton 64 $40,837
    Florence 65 $37,058
    Jasper 66 $39,075
    Auburn 67 $38,912
    Attalla 68 $38,921
    Sheffield 69 $33,869
    Mobile 70 $38,759
    Midfield 71 $36,647
    Albertville 72 $32,042
    Bay Minette 73 $32,341
    Fort Payne 74 $38,445
    Ozark 75 $37,522
    Montevallo 76 $38,472
    Andalusia 77 $34,012
    Jacksonville 78 $39,216
    Greenville 79 $32,948
    Center Point 80 $39,134
    Sylacauga 81 $34,568
    Brewton 82 $35,744
    Daleville 83 $41,235
    Gadsden 84 $30,496
    Opp 85 $32,923
    Eufaula 86 $33,362
    Troy 87 $28,148
    Childersburg 88 $30,391
    Birmingham 89 $32,404
    Russellville 90 $31,262
    Fairfield 91 $32,723
    Jackson 92 $31,096
    Atmore 93 $25,487
    Bessemer 94 $30,682
    Lanett 95 $27,297
    Alexander City 96 $30,442
    Tarrant 97 $26,800
    Talladega 98 $29,074
    Chickasaw 99 $28,893
    Anniston 100 $30,539

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