The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama For 2021


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Alabama.

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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 2021 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 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 48 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 2021

  1. Helena
  2. Cullman
  3. Prattville
  4. Athens
  5. Vestavia Hills
  6. Mountain Brook
  7. Daphne
  8. Pelham
  9. Gardendale
  10. Jacksonville

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 Helena 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 2021

Helena, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,463
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Helena: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cullman, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,729
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 31.3%
More on Cullman: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prattville, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,925
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 35.3%
More on Prattville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Athens, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,922
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Athens: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Vestavia Hills, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 34,307
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 35.9%
More on Vestavia Hills: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mountain Brook, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,436
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 40.0%
More on Mountain Brook: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Daphne, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,901
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 32.1%
More on Daphne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pelham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,428
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Pelham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gardendale, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,016
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 32.7%
More on Gardendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jacksonville, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,651
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Jacksonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 10,000 people. For Alabama, that meant a total of 48 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - 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. Ozark
  2. Mobile
  3. Scottsboro

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Alabama?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Helena, AL 18,463 36
2 Cullman, AL 15,729 49
3 Prattville, AL 35,925 51
4 Athens, AL 25,922 46
5 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,307 50
6 Mountain Brook, AL 20,436 31
7 Daphne, AL 25,901 42
8 Pelham, AL 23,428 45
9 Gardendale, AL 14,016 58
10 Jacksonville, AL 12,651 59

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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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