These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama


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

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Mountain Brook, Pike Road, Chelsea: 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 $130,259 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.5%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 115 places in Alabama with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Heart of Dixie:

  1. Mountain Brook
  2. Pike Road
  3. Chelsea
  4. Trussville
  5. Vestavia Hills
  6. Helena
  7. Meadowbrook
  8. Harvest
  9. Spanish Fort
  10. Hoover

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Alabama? That would be Selma.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Alabama

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

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 115 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 115 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”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 115 places.

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1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484
Median Income: $130,259
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%

2. Pike Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,605
Median Income: $92,609
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

3. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051
Median Income: $85,106
Poverty Level: 5.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

4. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,229
Median Income: $86,518
Poverty Level: 3.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

5. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061
Median Income: $81,352
Poverty Level: 5.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

6. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752
Median Income: $86,018
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

7. Meadowbrook

Richest Alabama

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,550
Median Income: $91,637
Poverty Level: 7.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

8. Harvest

Harvest, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,213
Median Income: $64,694
Poverty Level: 3.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

9. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,357
Median Income: $67,204
Poverty Level: 7.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

10. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849
Median Income: $76,469
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Alabama

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 AL, according to data:

Poorest: Selma
2nd Poorest: Prichard
3rd Poorest: Atmore
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Alabama

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Mountain Brook 1 20,484 $130,259 2.5% 2.2%
Pike Road 2 6,605 $92,609 2.8% 3.8%
Chelsea 3 11,051 $85,106 5.4% 2.6%
Trussville 4 20,229 $86,518 3.6% 5.5%
Vestavia Hills 5 34,061 $81,352 5.6% 3.6%
Helena 6 16,752 $86,018 2.6% 5.7%
Meadowbrook 7 8,550 $91,637 7.6% 4.2%
Harvest 8 5,213 $64,694 3.4% 5.4%
Spanish Fort 9 7,357 $67,204 7.2% 3.4%
Hoover 10 82,849 $76,469 5.9% 5.7%
Pelham 11 22,106 $68,197 5.2% 6.5%
Madison 12 44,866 $92,965 5.9% 7.3%
Alabaster 13 30,978 $70,173 9.4% 5.6%
Clay 14 9,699 $67,630 3.9% 7.2%
Gardendale 15 13,809 $56,852 6.0% 4.0%
Pleasant Grove 16 10,230 $64,278 5.5% 6.8%
Southside 17 8,432 $67,090 6.1% 6.7%
Satsuma 18 6,145 $58,750 6.7% 5.5%
Millbrook 19 14,858 $60,489 7.4% 5.6%
Moody 20 12,124 $60,829 9.7% 5.1%
Brook Highland 21 7,281 $63,615 11.8% 4.8%
Calera 22 12,376 $61,481 5.6% 7.6%
Homewood 23 25,420 $62,431 13.3% 4.4%
Pinson 24 7,141 $60,492 5.1% 8.6%
Grayson Valley 25 5,090 $48,583 8.1% 4.6%
Fultondale 26 8,593 $50,586 12.7% 3.2%
Fairhope 27 16,661 $58,767 11.5% 5.9%
Daphne 28 22,983 $61,986 9.6% 7.8%
Meridianville 29 6,073 $75,075 13.8% 7.4%
Prattville 30 34,349 $57,478 10.2% 7.3%
Northport 31 24,092 $54,354 12.0% 6.8%
Orange Beach 32 5,629 $57,750 9.5% 9.3%
Muscle Shoals 33 13,380 $50,502 11.6% 6.9%
Robertsdale 34 5,556 $46,545 10.7% 6.9%
Smiths Station 35 5,095 $45,944 9.9% 7.6%
Saraland 36 13,657 $53,646 11.0% 9.4%
Enterprise 37 27,375 $51,692 15.8% 7.2%
Leeds 38 12,063 $50,805 15.4% 8.5%
Lincoln 39 6,321 $50,221 14.5% 9.1%
Hueytown 40 15,956 $41,768 10.7% 8.8%
Moores Mill 41 5,819 $68,324 9.6% 14.9%
Athens 42 23,335 $47,354 13.4% 9.9%
Hartselle 43 14,393 $53,221 8.7% 13.5%
Forestdale 44 10,168 $49,000 11.8% 11.0%
Rainbow City 45 9,623 $46,548 15.6% 9.6%
Arab 46 8,241 $41,788 13.1% 10.0%
Dothan 47 67,574 $42,026 17.1% 8.6%
Oxford 48 21,250 $50,934 11.1% 13.1%
Huntsville 49 184,132 $49,060 16.7% 10.9%
Wetumpka 50 7,136 $46,022 14.0% 11.3%
Opelika 51 27,956 $39,506 21.1% 6.8%
Tillmans Corner 52 19,105 $46,773 17.4% 10.3%
Irondale 53 12,399 $48,361 19.2% 9.9%
Cullman 54 14,933 $37,995 20.7% 6.7%
Decatur 55 55,641 $42,867 16.1% 10.4%
Oneonta 56 6,623 $37,078 16.2% 9.0%
Albertville 57 21,363 $36,210 20.5% 6.0%
Montgomery 58 204,095 $43,535 21.5% 9.3%
Theodore 59 6,051 $41,992 10.5% 14.4%
Tallassee 60 5,011 $37,219 14.7% 10.3%
Glencoe 61 5,137 $48,831 13.5% 15.7%
Valley 62 9,456 $36,901 17.9% 9.4%
Center Point 63 16,876 $38,828 18.7% 10.0%
Ozark 64 14,835 $38,392 19.2% 9.8%
Clanton 65 8,672 $39,419 17.0% 11.0%
Foley 66 15,428 $43,202 16.2% 12.7%
Scottsboro 67 14,779 $36,470 15.9% 10.4%
Tuscaloosa 68 93,325 $38,762 25.4% 8.8%
Tuscumbia 69 8,565 $35,161 15.0% 11.5%
Saks 70 10,445 $42,414 16.7% 13.6%
Pell City 71 13,128 $40,961 19.7% 12.2%
Florence 72 39,738 $35,632 26.4% 8.2%
Jasper 73 14,247 $40,786 20.7% 11.7%
Midfield 74 5,319 $37,935 18.4% 12.3%
Hamilton 75 6,842 $32,292 19.2% 10.1%
Sheffield 76 9,067 $35,100 23.9% 9.8%
Auburn 77 56,986 $37,406 37.3% 8.2%
Guntersville 78 8,316 $37,790 19.0% 12.5%
Mobile 79 194,942 $39,241 21.2% 12.0%
Boaz 80 9,781 $34,322 18.6% 11.6%
Phenix City 81 35,753 $36,225 20.3% 11.5%
Roanoke 82 6,013 $33,433 24.4% 9.6%
Gulf Shores 83 10,523 $45,777 20.3% 16.4%
Eufaula 84 12,897 $37,393 16.8% 15.7%
Fort Payne 85 14,115 $34,689 20.2% 12.1%
Daleville 86 5,233 $41,762 27.7% 12.4%
Montevallo 87 6,470 $35,444 26.0% 11.4%
Demopolis 88 7,323 $33,385 27.7% 10.2%
Bay Minette 89 8,682 $29,353 26.2% 9.7%
Greenville 90 7,974 $30,201 19.4% 12.4%
Andalusia 91 9,048 $31,393 24.0% 11.9%
Fairfield 92 11,039 $34,556 20.7% 14.4%
Alexander City 93 14,815 $30,500 25.5% 11.1%
Opp 94 6,675 $33,218 24.6% 13.1%
Brewton 95 5,426 $30,502 21.1% 12.9%
Troy 96 18,636 $32,015 34.8% 10.3%
Attalla 97 5,995 $32,917 22.3% 16.4%
Jacksonville 98 12,416 $38,192 37.2% 16.6%
Chickasaw 99 6,026 $30,708 31.5% 12.3%
Sylacauga 100 12,786 $31,587 29.1% 13.6%
Gadsden 101 36,621 $27,922 27.3% 13.2%
Birmingham 102 211,705 $31,217 27.7% 14.5%
Russellville 103 9,836 $29,114 30.1% 12.4%
Bessemer 104 27,202 $30,369 28.2% 14.2%
Talladega 105 16,034 $30,307 23.5% 22.0%
Anniston 106 22,749 $31,399 28.9% 16.3%
Jackson 107 5,116 $29,764 28.6% 16.2%
Childersburg 108 5,117 $28,227 27.5% 19.2%
Monroeville 109 6,343 $32,429 31.2% 22.2%
Lanett 110 6,455 $24,054 29.0% 16.1%
Tuskegee 111 9,435 $27,313 27.8% 22.5%
Tarrant 112 6,331 $26,740 30.7% 16.6%
Atmore 113 10,096 $24,165 30.4% 18.1%
Prichard 114 22,475 $21,860 37.3% 20.9%
Selma 115 20,276 $21,635 39.3% 23.6%

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