These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama For 2019


We analyzed 103 places in Alabama to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Alabama.

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Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, 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 $132,825 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.7%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 103 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 2019:

  1. Mountain Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Southside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pike Road (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Trussville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Spanish Fort (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Calera (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Clay (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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 103 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 103 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 City In Alabama For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 103 places.

Mountain Brook, AL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,438
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $132,825
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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.

Vestavia Hills, AL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,003
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $98,653
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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.

Helena, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,928
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,110
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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).

Southside, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,679
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,470
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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.

Pike Road, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,417
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $102,500
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Pike Road: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trussville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,145
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,418
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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.

Chelsea, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,199
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,591
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Chelsea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spanish Fort, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,017
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,731
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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.

Calera, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,216
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $64,129
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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.

Clay, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,685
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $74,712
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Clay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Alabama For 2019

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: Monroeville
3rd Poorest: Prichard

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Alabama

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mountain Brook 3.0 $132,825
2 Vestavia Hills 5.0 $98,653
3 Helena 5.33 $84,110
4 Southside 6.0 $68,470
5 Pike Road 6.33 $102,500
6 Trussville 7.33 $87,418
7 Chelsea 7.83 $96,591
8 Spanish Fort 9.33 $74,731
9 Calera 10.17 $64,129
10 Clay 11.5 $74,712
11 Hoover 13.0 $81,038
12 Pelham 13.83 $74,295
13 Homewood 15.33 $71,494
14 Madison 15.67 $92,197
15 Fairhope 16.5 $66,074
16 Moody 18.33 $61,069
17 Alabaster 19.67 $74,383
18 Orange Beach 22.0 $69,388
19 Millbrook 24.0 $57,980
20 Daphne 24.0 $65,739
21 Hartselle 24.5 $57,041
22 Gardendale 25.5 $63,083
23 Pleasant Grove 27.0 $64,761
24 Oneonta 27.5 $49,267
25 Lincoln 28.17 $58,182
26 Fultondale 28.17 $58,053
27 Muscle Shoals 28.17 $52,201
28 Leeds 30.0 $62,773
29 Satsuma 30.83 $60,859
30 Northport 31.33 $55,969
31 Smiths Station 31.67 $52,683
32 Saraland 32.33 $57,472
33 Prattville 35.67 $59,167
34 Pinson 35.83 $61,290
35 Robertsdale 36.5 $41,653
36 Enterprise 37.83 $54,304
37 Rainbow City 42.0 $49,158
38 Tuscumbia 42.17 $48,047
39 Irondale 42.67 $50,440
40 Cullman 44.0 $42,885
41 Oxford 45.33 $53,337
42 Gulf Shores 46.17 $50,227
43 Hamilton 46.83 $39,533
44 Hueytown 47.0 $44,779
45 Glencoe 48.5 $49,957
46 Huntsville 49.33 $51,926
47 Roanoke 49.5 $37,458
48 Opelika 49.83 $44,527
49 Boaz 52.33 $41,488
50 Arab 52.67 $43,884
51 Decatur 53.0 $43,176
52 Pell City 53.33 $45,647
53 Valley 54.0 $37,395
54 Athens 54.5 $47,741
55 Guntersville 55.83 $42,308
56 Foley 56.83 $42,468
57 Dothan 57.83 $43,316
58 Scottsboro 59.0 $41,374
59 Fort Payne 59.0 $41,320
60 Clanton 59.33 $41,935
61 Montgomery 59.33 $44,339
62 Auburn 59.5 $42,600
63 Wetumpka 59.5 $41,774
64 Albertville 59.83 $37,619
65 Jasper 62.5 $39,800
66 Attalla 63.0 $40,375
67 Florence 63.17 $37,843
68 Tuscaloosa 64.33 $42,428
69 Bay Minette 65.5 $31,310
70 Mobile 66.33 $40,020
71 Phenix City 67.5 $39,654
72 Greenville 68.33 $36,518
73 Russellville 69.5 $41,149
74 Rainsville 70.33 $37,808
75 Andalusia 71.0 $36,101
76 Sheffield 71.5 $33,463
77 Midfield 72.5 $40,019
78 Brewton 73.17 $40,342
79 Montevallo 74.33 $37,929
80 Ozark 77.67 $38,715
81 Daleville 78.33 $38,657
82 Jacksonville 79.17 $40,012
83 Fairfield 82.0 $36,211
84 Lanett 82.17 $31,925
85 Center Point 82.67 $39,150
86 Birmingham 84.0 $33,770
87 Sylacauga 84.0 $35,568
88 Gadsden 85.67 $30,925
89 Tarrant 86.0 $27,357
90 Alexander City 87.0 $32,337
91 Opp 88.33 $33,012
92 Troy 88.83 $30,538
93 Atmore 90.0 $28,443
94 Chickasaw 91.17 $30,929
95 Talladega 91.67 $29,755
96 Eufaula 91.67 $33,444
97 Demopolis 92.17 $26,908
98 Anniston 92.33 $32,070
99 Bessemer 94.0 $31,308
100 Tuskegee 96.83 $27,314

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