The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Alabama For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Alabama have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Alabama:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Alabama, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Heart of Dixie.

To do that we are going to look at places in Alabama that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Alabama at the moment? That would be Rainsville according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Alabama for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Alabama For 2021

  1. Rainsville
  2. Glencoe
  3. Midfield
  4. Daleville
  5. Brewton
  6. Semmes
  7. Smiths Station
  8. Chickasaw
  9. Attalla
  10. Monroeville

What's the best place to buy a home in Alabama for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Alabama and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Alabama.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Alabama For 2021

Rainsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,041
Median Home Price: $109,000
Population Change: 0.5%
Home Price Change: -3.5%
More on Rainsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glencoe, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,077
Median Home Price: $154,500
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 8.6%
More on Glencoe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Midfield, AL

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,085
Median Home Price: $73,600
Population Change: -1.4%
Home Price Change: -2.3%
More on Midfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Daleville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,123
Median Home Price: $92,600
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: -6.0%
More on Daleville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brewton, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,240
Median Home Price: $111,600
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: -1.6%
More on Brewton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,284
Median Home Price: $150,400
Population Change: 8.5%
Home Price Change: 14.7%
More on Semmes: Homes For Sale | Data

Smiths Station, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,364
Median Home Price: $151,200
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 3.4%
More on Smiths Station: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chickasaw, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,817
Median Home Price: $75,500
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 0.0%
More on Chickasaw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Attalla, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,836
Median Home Price: $72,200
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 1.8%
More on Attalla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Monroeville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,898
Median Home Price: $126,500
Population Change: -1.9%
Home Price Change: 1.6%
More on Monroeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Alabama for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Alabama. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Alabama with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Alabama with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Alabama, only 104 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 104 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Rainsville is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Heart of Dixie.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Alabama for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Alabama. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Alabama

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Rainsville 1 $109,000 0.5% -3.5%
Glencoe 2 $154,500 -0.8% 8.6%
Midfield 3 $73,600 -1.4% -2.3%
Daleville 4 $92,600 0.2% -6.0%
Brewton 5 $111,600 -0.4% -1.6%
Semmes 6 $150,400 8.5% 14.7%
Smiths Station 7 $151,200 0.3% 3.4%
Chickasaw 8 $75,500 -0.3% 0.0%
Attalla 9 $72,200 -0.2% 1.8%
Monroeville 10 $126,500 -1.9% 1.6%
Roanoke 11 $85,900 -0.3% 8.9%
Orange Beach 12 $297,800 1.6% 0.8%
Satsuma 13 $155,800 0.1% 3.6%
Tarrant 14 $78,200 -0.6% 2.9%
Lanett 15 $107,600 -0.7% 9.5%
Opp 16 $88,100 -1.0% 4.3%
Robertsdale 17 $134,400 -0.7% -1.2%
Oneonta 18 $156,300 -0.1% -3.2%
Lincoln 19 $131,000 1.2% 12.3%
Hamilton 20 $106,700 0.3% 10.0%
Montevallo 21 $160,300 0.6% 3.2%
Demopolis 22 $117,400 -1.6% -10.1%
Pinson 23 $137,400 -0.2% 5.7%
Greenville 24 $117,100 -1.6% 6.8%
Wetumpka 25 $137,100 1.6% -0.7%
Arab 26 $148,400 0.7% -0.7%
Tuscumbia 27 $110,100 0.2% 1.2%
Guntersville 28 $191,700 1.1% 0.5%
Tuskegee 29 $77,000 -2.4% -0.8%
Spanish Fort 30 $242,600 3.3% -4.7%
Clanton 31 $131,700 -0.3% 9.3%
Andalusia 32 $112,500 -1.0% 4.0%
Southside 33 $153,100 0.3% -2.7%
Sheffield 34 $90,000 0.0% -1.7%
Bay Minette 35 $125,700 0.9% -3.3%
Fultondale 36 $147,700 0.9% 3.1%
Boaz 37 $105,100 -2.9% -2.1%
Valley 38 $88,700 -0.2% 4.4%
Pike Road 39 $300,000 4.9% 7.9%
Atmore 40 $94,300 -2.6% -1.9%
Rainbow City 41 $166,100 0.1% 4.8%
Pleasant Grove 42 $157,400 -5.2% 1.9%
Russellville 43 $92,700 0.7% -1.1%
Clay 44 $155,000 2.4% 4.2%
Fairfield 45 $99,100 -0.6% 1.4%
Eufaula 46 $128,100 -1.8% 0.4%
Sylacauga 47 $131,600 -1.4% 8.9%
Gulf Shores 48 $243,100 1.9% 0.3%
Leeds 49 $160,500 2.0% 1.0%
Irondale 50 $142,500 1.3% 4.1%
Jacksonville 51 $147,900 -0.0% -1.3%
Moody 52 $162,200 0.7% 2.7%
Chelsea 53 $232,700 3.6% 4.4%
Jasper 54 $150,300 -0.6% 3.7%
Pell City 55 $183,800 1.4% 7.4%
Calera 56 $148,000 2.2% 2.8%
Gardendale 57 $171,700 1.0% 3.7%
Muscle Shoals 58 $147,100 1.7% 2.8%
Fort Payne 59 $124,900 0.8% 4.6%
Saraland 60 $149,000 0.9% 7.3%
Ozark 61 $115,500 -0.3% 6.6%
Hartselle 62 $148,600 0.2% 8.0%
Alexander City 63 $101,700 -0.8% -5.7%
Scottsboro 64 $117,900 -0.0% -4.9%
Talladega 65 $86,600 -0.6% -2.8%
Hueytown 66 $116,700 -0.3% 5.1%
Millbrook 67 $154,300 3.2% 2.7%
Cullman 68 $142,800 1.1% 1.9%
Center Point 69 $97,800 -0.7% -0.5%
Selma 70 $87,300 -2.8% -3.2%
Helena 71 $195,100 3.4% 2.7%
Foley 72 $177,600 4.0% 4.3%
Troy 73 $154,000 -0.2% 1.1%
Mountain Brook 74 $628,800 -0.1% 4.4%
Fairhope 75 $299,200 3.7% 16.7%
Oxford 76 $145,300 0.5% 5.2%
Albertville 77 $120,100 0.4% 8.1%
Anniston 78 $97,600 -1.1% 0.7%
Prichard 79 $66,100 -0.7% -2.8%
Trussville 80 $255,100 0.7% 5.5%
Pelham 81 $189,000 0.8% 4.1%
Homewood 82 $347,800 -0.2% 4.3%
Northport 83 $177,200 1.6% 3.4%
Daphne 84 $201,400 2.1% 5.5%
Athens 85 $161,400 3.0% 4.8%
Bessemer 86 $86,500 -0.3% 3.6%
Enterprise 87 $170,100 0.3% -0.4%
Opelika 88 $151,300 1.5% -0.8%
Alabaster 89 $173,000 0.9% 1.2%
Vestavia Hills 90 $376,200 0.4% 3.4%
Gadsden 91 $73,600 -0.4% 1.7%
Prattville 92 $162,700 0.8% 4.0%
Phenix City 93 $129,000 -0.3% 2.2%
Florence 94 $142,400 0.5% 5.9%
Madison 95 $253,000 2.2% 3.3%
Decatur 96 $134,500 -0.3% 1.1%
Auburn 97 $266,200 1.7% 6.1%
Dothan 98 $150,700 0.0% 2.7%
Hoover 99 $291,000 0.8% 3.8%
Tuscaloosa 100 $178,900 0.5% 2.9%

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