Richest Cities In Alabama For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Alabama.

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Sweet home Alabama, I'm coming home to you.with bags full of cash. That is, if I live in one of the ten richest places in the Heart of Dixie. If you already live in one of the wealthiest cities in Alabama, then kudos on your success. But if you're looking to break into the big league in this southern gem, look no further than our list of top ten richest places in Alabama. So how did we come to a final tally on the state's havens of wealth? We pored over the Census data from the American Community Survey for 104 Alabama cities with 5,000. After cutting the numbers down to the more populous locales, we then looked at various statistics like unemployment, poverty rates, and median income and assigned weights and values for each of these factors. Unsurprisingly, there was a good amount of overlap between Alabama's richest cities and its best and safest cities, especially in the upper echelon. If you want to live in a spot that ticks all the boxes, then you'll want to check out the Birmingham 'burbs of Mountain Brook or Vestavia Hills. You'll need a private jet to get to the Crimson Tide home game if you're coming from Spanish Fort, but you may just be able to afford it if you're living there. The great news about Alabama's hotspots of wealth is that 8/10 of these cities have a median household income under $100,000/year, so living in the rarefied air of the 1% might be a much more achievable goal than it is in many other states. So want to know where the richest of the rich reside in Alabama? Grab some grits and gravy with a side of caviar and champagne and read on.

So how exactly did we determine which places in Alabama have the most going on monetarily? In order to narrow down the richest cities in Alabama, we looked at a number of factors: poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

That left us with 104 cities to score. What's the wealthiest city in Alabama? According to the data, Mountain Brook is the winner of this title for 2020.

So if you care about living in a place with low poverty, great job opportunities, and rich residents, look no further than the list below. The Heart of Dixie is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Alabama:

The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama For 2020

Mountain Brook, AL

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Population: 20,466
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $143,221
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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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

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Population: 34,163
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,218
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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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.

Pike Road, AL

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Population: 8,884
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $105,203
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Helena, AL

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Population: 17,861
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $86,906
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Helena 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.

Chelsea, AL

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Population: 12,643
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,060
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Trussville, AL

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Population: 21,721
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $88,371
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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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.

Spanish Fort, AL

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Population: 8,324
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $77,075
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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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.

Southside, AL

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Population: 8,788
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $71,224
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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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 south of downtown Gadsden, Southside is one of the fastest growing cities in northeast Alabama.

Calera, AL

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Population: 13,557
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,325
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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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.

Hoover, AL

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Population: 84,480
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $84,042
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in north central Alabama, United States. The largest suburb around Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,848 as of the 2015 US Census estimate. Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover-s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Review Of Hoover by HomeSnacks User

Hoover is a suburban community just outside the city of Birmingham. Crime is low, schools are consistently rated in "Best Schools in America" lists and there are many recreational options nearby, including many parks. Plenty of shopping from high-end to budget-friendly available. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are cookie-cutter, but homes and lawns are maintained well and there is no littering or trash in public spaces. It's a small and safe place to live!

Oak Mountain is a favorite. You can hike, swim, fish, camp or go to a concert at the outdoor theater venue. Hoover is in a great location, so you have easy access to museums, botanical gardens, historic movie theaters, shopping, and the airport. Hoover has grown rapidly and the roadways haven't kept up, so traffic is an inevitable frustration. Popular stores and restaurants seem to be on side of town and creates a lot of congestion. There is a lot of open space in the city, so building places in other parts of town would help.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Alabama For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 104 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 104 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 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 104 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Alabama For 2020

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: Atmore
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 1.33 $143,221
2 Vestavia Hills 3.33 $105,218
3 Pike Road 3.67 $105,203
4 Helena 6.67 $86,906
5 Chelsea 9.33 $95,060
6 Trussville 9.33 $88,371
7 Spanish Fort 10.0 $77,075
8 Southside 10.33 $71,224
9 Calera 11.0 $64,325
10 Hoover 12.67 $84,042
11 Pelham 13.67 $76,107
12 Madison 15.67 $89,522
13 Homewood 16.0 $77,269
14 Clay 16.67 $68,590
15 Glencoe 18.0 $59,114
16 Hartselle 18.0 $59,482
17 Fairhope 18.33 $70,330
18 Orange Beach 20.0 $81,506
19 Alabaster 20.33 $78,071
20 Moody 21.33 $62,611
21 Fultondale 25.67 $60,082
22 Daphne 26.33 $69,086
23 Pleasant Grove 26.67 $69,524
24 Millbrook 27.0 $59,443
25 Gardendale 27.33 $66,983
26 Gulf Shores 30.33 $50,306
27 Leeds 30.33 $62,094
28 Lincoln 30.67 $66,997
29 Muscle Shoals 31.67 $56,210
30 Oneonta 33.33 $45,217
31 Satsuma 35.0 $63,611
32 Northport 35.67 $58,239
33 Pinson 36.0 $64,252
34 Prattville 36.67 $59,822
35 Enterprise 38.33 $58,662
36 Saraland 39.67 $62,776
37 Oxford 41.0 $54,582
38 Tuscumbia 43.33 $51,105
39 Smiths Station 44.0 $51,813
40 Robertsdale 45.0 $41,288
41 Irondale 45.33 $52,007
42 Rainbow City 45.67 $49,085
43 Foley 46.33 $46,221
44 Cullman 46.33 $43,545
45 Huntsville 46.33 $53,840
46 Wetumpka 47.0 $49,982
47 Arab 49.67 $43,664
48 Hueytown 50.0 $49,705
49 Scottsboro 50.0 $41,064
50 Guntersville 50.67 $44,701
51 Valley 52.67 $40,205
52 Decatur 52.67 $45,048
53 Boaz 53.0 $40,272
54 Russellville 54.33 $41,658
55 Opelika 55.67 $42,697
56 Jasper 55.67 $44,852
57 Pell City 56.0 $48,921
58 Roanoke 56.0 $37,298
59 Athens 56.33 $49,549
60 Albertville 56.67 $40,047
61 Attalla 58.33 $40,998
62 Dothan 58.67 $45,681
63 Auburn 59.67 $44,654
64 Hamilton 60.0 $38,670
65 Florence 62.67 $38,902
66 Montgomery 63.67 $45,921
67 Mobile 64.33 $40,588
68 Sheffield 65.67 $34,688
69 Clanton 66.67 $42,180
70 Tuscaloosa 68.33 $44,120
71 Montevallo 69.33 $41,720
72 Fort Payne 69.67 $40,382
73 Bay Minette 70.0 $37,651
74 Midfield 72.33 $36,837
75 Andalusia 72.67 $36,077
76 Daleville 73.33 $40,143
77 Tallassee 74.0 $50,036
78 Rainsville 74.0 $35,449
79 Phenix City 75.0 $40,218
80 Lanett 75.67 $33,564
81 Center Point 77.67 $43,635
82 Ozark 79.67 $39,963
83 Sylacauga 79.67 $37,755
84 Brewton 80.67 $39,770
85 Greenville 81.0 $36,472
86 Chickasaw 81.67 $32,855
87 Jacksonville 83.33 $40,530
88 Demopolis 84.0 $29,123
89 Opp 84.67 $35,625
90 Fairfield 85.0 $37,304
91 Birmingham 87.33 $35,346
92 Gadsden 87.67 $32,853
93 Troy 89.0 $29,406
94 Alexander City 89.67 $33,007
95 Monroeville 91.0 $34,250
96 Eufaula 91.67 $34,550
97 Anniston 92.67 $33,688
98 Tarrant 93.0 $29,981
99 Bessemer 96.0 $31,610
100 Tuskegee 98.33 $26,369

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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