The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in Alabama have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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The most family friendly places in a state are the places that have the best neighborhoods, the best schools, the best shopping, and the most family friendly amenities; and, folks, Alabama has some of the best in the South.

Where are the most family friendly places in the The Yellowhammer State? You're going to have to take a look below at HomeSnacks list of the best places to raise your family in Alabama for 2022 to find out.

But first, how did we determine the most family friendly places in Alabama? We consulted the US Census on places in The Heart of Dixie with more than 11,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 3 family friendly Alabama places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Matter of fact, if you ask any Alabamian, they will tell you that Alabama is the best and that their corner of the state is above the rest. They will also tell you that what the state doesn't make up in wealth, they make up in friendly people and fun things to do and see.

Speaking of family friendly entertainment, when Alabama families are ready for some fun in the sun, there is plenty of family friendly fun to be had. We think the best family day in this southern paradise would go something like this: first, a trip to the Birmingham Zoo; then, a visit to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.

So, want to see a list of Alabama's best places for families? Read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2022

  1. Enterprise
  2. Saraland
  3. Eufaula

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against the numbers. We've had more than ten million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this Alabama Patch feature. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

What city is the best place to raise a family in Alabama? Well according to the US Census Enterprise is the best of the best if you care about a good education, low crime, and a high quality of life. And we're pretty sure that you do.

To see how your favorite places in Alabama compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Alabama and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2022

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Population: 28,170
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Enterprise: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Enterprise, AL

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Population: 14,561
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 30
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 32.0%
More on Saraland: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 11,878
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 34.4%
More on Eufaula: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Eufaula, AL

Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Alabama anyways?

To give you the places in Alabama which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Heart of Dixie

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Alabama, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 11,000 people. For Alabama, that meant a total of 3 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Alabama ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Alabama according to the data:

  1. Eufaula
  2. Saraland
  3. Enterprise

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Alabama?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Enterprise, AL 28,170 60
2 Saraland, AL 14,561 32
3 Eufaula, AL 11,878 46

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in Alabama.

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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