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 (Photos | 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 Best Places To Live In Alabama
  • 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alabama
  • 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Alabama

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

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