The 10 Best Birmingham Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 42 places around Birmingham to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Birmingham suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Birmingham are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Birmingham for 2022:

  1. Mountain Brook
  2. Vestavia Hills
  3. Kimberly
  4. Homewood
  5. Trussville
  6. Hoover
  7. Lake View
  8. Helena
  9. Springville
  10. Chelsea

What's the best suburb of Birmingham? Mountain Brook ranks as the best suburb of Birmingham for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Mountain Brook, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Birmingham 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Alabama:

The 10 Best Birmingham Suburbs To Live For 2022

Mountain Brook is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Birmingham area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Mountain Brook."

Everyone here is rich; families average $152,646 a year, which is the highest in the Birmingham region. And only 1.12% are out of work. Homes average more than $666,500 each.

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Population: 20,178
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,646
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Mountain Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Brook, AL

Vestavia Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Birmingham for 2022.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.15% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

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Population: 34,482
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $110,478
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vestavia Hills, AL

Here in Kimberly, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Birmingham metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Kimberly.

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Population: 3,551
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $93,772
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Kimberly: Real Estate | Data

Homewood ranks as the 4th best suburb of Birmingham for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Homewood and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 25,170
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,418
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Homewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Homewood, AL

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Coming in as the fifth best is Trussville.

Trussville gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Birmingham area, where houses sell for an average of $273,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 22,590
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,976
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Trussville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trussville, AL

Hoover is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.01% which is 19th best in the area.

According to online reports, Hoover is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Birmingham area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 85,386
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,984
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Hoover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hoover, AL

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lake View.

Lake View schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 26.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 2,569
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,332
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Lake View: Real Estate | Data

Helena is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.64% of people lack insurance, good for 23rd in the area.

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Population: 18,631
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Income: $89,982
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena, AL

Is 'Everything Better In Springville?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 4,430
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $82,662
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Springville: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Chelsea.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

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Population: 13,599
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $92,917
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Chelsea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chelsea, AL

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Birmingham for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Birmingham was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Birmingham.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 40 suburbs to evaluate around Birmingham.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 40 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Birmingham." We're lookin' at you, Mountain Brook. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Birmingham 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Birmingham, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Birmingham Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Mountain Brook, AL 20,178 $152,646
2 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,482 $110,478
3 Kimberly, AL 3,551 $93,772
4 Homewood, AL 25,170 $84,418
5 Trussville, AL 22,590 $104,976
6 Hoover, AL 85,386 $92,984
7 Lake View, AL 2,569 $81,332
8 Helena, AL 18,631 $89,982
9 Springville, AL 4,430 $82,662
10 Chelsea, AL 13,599 $92,917
11 Pelham, AL 23,707 $79,268
12 Pleasant Grove, AL 9,625 $64,087
13 Calera, AL 14,327 $68,171
14 Gardendale, AL 14,021 $75,170
15 Clay, AL 9,936 $67,854
16 Alabaster, AL 33,373 $80,871
17 Argo, AL 4,294 $76,479
18 Margaret, AL 4,905 $60,707
19 Moody, AL 13,004 $66,245
20 Leeds, AL 12,555 $62,227
21 Pinson, AL 7,108 $67,637
22 Mount Olive, AL 2,052 $42,685
23 Fultondale, AL 9,247 $67,325
24 Hueytown, AL 15,446 $51,350
25 Irondale, AL 13,068 $61,051
26 Columbiana, AL 4,602 $45,759
27 Center Point, AL 15,971 $45,221
28 Sumiton, AL 2,514 $55,139
29 Montevallo, AL 6,829 $38,066
30 Fairfield, AL 10,749 $41,439
31 Wilsonville, AL 2,305 $56,786
32 Midfield, AL 4,984 $43,219
33 Graysville, AL 2,328 $48,229
34 Lipscomb, AL 2,055 $35,417
35 Brighton, AL 2,873 $28,906
36 Dora, AL 2,429 $50,195
37 Tarrant, AL 6,216 $34,032
38 Adamsville, AL 4,266 $44,734
39 Bessemer, AL 26,063 $30,284
40 Warrior, AL 3,197 $34,620

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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.

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