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 some more reading about Alabama:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Alabama For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Alabama
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.

Mountain Brook, AL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,532.0
Median Income: $129,777.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Mountain Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Pike Road, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,790.0
Median Income: $94,805.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Pike Road: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,630.0
Median Income: $84,888.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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).

Vestavia Hills, AL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,243.0
Median Income: $93,178.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Trussville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,872.0
Median Income: $84,198.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Trussville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Southside, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,563.0
Median Income: $65,561.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Southside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Chelsea, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,706.0
Median Income: $91,199.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Chelsea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spanish Fort, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,825.0
Median Income: $70,448.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Spanish Fort: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Clay, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,659.0
Median Income: $69,973.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Clay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Calera, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,839.0
Median Income: $63,396.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Calera: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Alabama

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mountain Brook 1.67 $129,777
2 Pike Road 3.67 $94,805
3 Helena 4.67 $84,888
4 Vestavia Hills 5.0 $93,178
5 Trussville 7.0 $84,198
6 Southside 7.33 $65,561
7 Chelsea 8.67 $91,199
8 Spanish Fort 9.0 $70,448
9 Clay 10.67 $69,973
10 Calera 11.0 $63,396
11 Hoover 11.17 $78,056
12 Madison 11.83 $95,423
13 Pelham 13.33 $71,864
14 Alabaster 16.33 $73,325
15 Homewood 16.83 $66,573
16 Moody 18.33 $60,911
17 Gardendale 19.17 $62,668
18 Millbrook 21.17 $59,435
19 Fairhope 21.33 $61,723
20 Orange Beach 22.17 $59,523
21 Fultondale 23.33 $54,273
22 Muscle Shoals 24.83 $52,132
23 Pleasant Grove 24.83 $63,292
24 Prattville 25.5 $56,364
25 Smiths Station 25.83 $50,597
26 Daphne 27.17 $61,508
27 Pinson 27.67 $60,227
28 Leeds 28.33 $56,087
29 Satsuma 30.0 $61,836
30 Saraland 30.83 $54,471
31 Northport 34.0 $52,281
32 Tuscumbia 35.17 $47,500
33 Enterprise 35.5 $54,217
34 Hartselle 36.33 $54,248
35 Oneonta 37.5 $46,750
36 Pell City 39.83 $47,936
37 Robertsdale 42.67 $38,467
38 Oxford 44.0 $51,928
39 Lincoln 44.17 $52,388
40 Valley 45.0 $39,387
41 Glencoe 45.5 $48,860
42 Huntsville 45.83 $51,441
43 Athens 46.17 $45,920
44 Guntersville 46.17 $42,273
45 Cullman 47.0 $40,129
46 Hueytown 47.67 $41,141
47 Arab 49.33 $42,199
48 Irondale 49.5 $47,949
49 Opelika 50.67 $41,566
50 Rainbow City 52.67 $49,496
51 Gulf Shores 53.33 $50,814
52 Decatur 53.67 $42,602
53 Scottsboro 54.67 $40,722
54 Dothan 55.0 $42,569
55 Boaz 55.67 $39,328
56 Wetumpka 56.17 $43,750
57 Foley 57.83 $42,172
58 Montgomery 58.0 $43,440
59 Tallassee 58.83 $45,972
60 Roanoke 59.5 $36,591
61 Phenix City 59.5 $39,691
62 Tuscaloosa 60.33 $40,542
63 Hamilton 63.33 $37,391
64 Clanton 64.0 $40,837
65 Florence 64.0 $37,058
66 Jasper 64.83 $39,075
67 Auburn 65.0 $38,912
68 Attalla 66.0 $38,921
69 Sheffield 66.17 $33,869
70 Mobile 67.0 $38,759
71 Midfield 67.67 $36,647
72 Albertville 68.67 $32,042
73 Bay Minette 69.67 $32,341
74 Fort Payne 70.33 $38,445
75 Ozark 71.33 $37,522
76 Montevallo 71.67 $38,472
77 Andalusia 71.83 $34,012
78 Jacksonville 77.33 $39,216
79 Greenville 78.0 $32,948
80 Center Point 79.33 $39,134
81 Sylacauga 79.33 $34,568
82 Brewton 79.5 $35,744
83 Daleville 80.33 $41,235
84 Gadsden 80.5 $30,496
85 Opp 83.17 $32,923
86 Eufaula 83.67 $33,362
87 Troy 84.33 $28,148
88 Childersburg 84.83 $30,391
89 Birmingham 86.33 $32,404
90 Russellville 87.0 $31,262
91 Fairfield 87.33 $32,723
92 Jackson 91.0 $31,096
93 Atmore 91.33 $25,487
94 Bessemer 91.83 $30,682
95 Lanett 92.0 $27,297
96 Alexander City 92.33 $30,442
97 Tarrant 92.83 $26,800
98 Talladega 93.33 $29,074
99 Chickasaw 94.67 $28,893
100 Anniston 95.0 $30,539

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