The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Birmingham For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Birmingham are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Birmingham.
Best Neighborhoods In Birmingham

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Birmingham, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Birmingham neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Birmingham are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Alabama and Birmingham is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Birmingham for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Birmingham for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Southside looks to be the best Birmingham neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Birmingham that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Birmingham.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Birmingham

Population: 18,410
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $123,783 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $34,863 (Seventh best)
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 11,498
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $343,155 (best)
Median Income: $75,381 (best)
More on Red Mountain: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,365
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $98,412 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $36,125 (Fifth best)
More on Maple Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,760
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $119,811 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $35,514 (Sixth best)
More on Airport Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,610
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $80,795 (11th best)
Median Income: $25,508 (15th best)
More on Evergreen: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,121
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,344 (19th best)
Median Income: $28,856 (12th best)
More on Norwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 12,236
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $114,391 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $27,449 (13th best)
More on Five Points South: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,071
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $154,974 (Second best)
Median Income: $47,821 (Third best)
More on Brownsville Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 11,023
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,338 (14th best)
Median Income: $38,389 (Fourth best)
More on Woodlawn: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,317
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,460 (12th best)
Median Income: $29,602 (11th best)
More on Smithfield: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Birmingham, AL Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Birmingham, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Birmingham." We're lookin' at you, Southside.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Birmingham, Alabama has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Birmingham

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Birmingham where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Birmingham aren't all good. Druid Hills takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Birmingham.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Birmingham For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Southside 18,410 $123,783 $34,863
2 Red Mountain 11,498 $343,155 $75,381
3 Maple Grove 2,365 $98,412 $36,125
4 Airport Hills 5,760 $119,811 $35,514
5 Evergreen 1,610 $80,795 $25,508
6 Norwood 4,121 $66,344 $28,856
7 Five Points South 12,236 $114,391 $27,449
8 Brownsville Heights 1,071 $154,974 $47,821
9 Woodlawn 11,023 $73,338 $38,389
10 Smithfield 7,317 $77,460 $29,602
11 East Birmingham 5,794 $73,206 $31,530
12 Glen Iris 4,598 $140,333 $24,667
13 Northside 16,674 $67,003 $29,887
14 Penfield Park 692 $154,974 $24,441
15 West End 12,821 $96,290 $26,227
16 Woodland Park 507 $85,767 $25,121
17 Titusville 4,329 $73,534 $21,709
18 Fountain Heights 8,923 $68,273 $32,496
19 Central City 417 $63,154 $52,107
20 Airport Highlands 307 $70,342 $23,306
21 Druid Hills 2,001 $58,004 $15,826

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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