The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Alabama For 2022


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

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2022.

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 2022.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Alabama For 2022

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

What's the best place to buy a home in Alabama for 2022? 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 2022

Rainsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,038
Median Home Price: $151,500
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 39.0%
More on Rainsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glencoe, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,125
Median Home Price: $163,400
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 5.8%
More on Glencoe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Daleville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,125
Median Home Price: $97,600
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 5.4%
More on Daleville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brewton, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,210
Median Home Price: $105,600
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: -5.4%
More on Brewton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chickasaw, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,757
Median Home Price: $73,900
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: -2.1%
More on Chickasaw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,780
Median Home Price: $157,800
Population Change: 9.4%
Home Price Change: 4.9%
More on Semmes: Homes For Sale | Data

Monroeville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,812
Median Home Price: $107,600
Population Change: -1.5%
Home Price Change: -14.9%
More on Monroeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Smiths Station, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,821
Median Home Price: $156,800
Population Change: 8.5%
Home Price Change: 3.7%
More on Smiths Station: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Attalla, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,885
Median Home Price: $92,300
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 27.8%
More on Attalla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Roanoke, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,931
Median Home Price: $109,000
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 26.9%
More on Roanoke: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Alabama for 2022?

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 2016-2020 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 103 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 103 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.

Summary: The Best Places To Purchase A House In Alabama for 2022

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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Home Prices By City In Alabama

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Rainsville 1 $151,500 -0.1% 39.0%
Glencoe 2 $163,400 0.9% 5.8%
Daleville 3 $97,600 0.0% 5.4%
Brewton 4 $105,600 -0.6% -5.4%
Chickasaw 5 $73,900 -1.0% -2.1%
Semmes 6 $157,800 9.4% 4.9%
Monroeville 7 $107,600 -1.5% -14.9%
Smiths Station 8 $156,800 8.5% 3.7%
Attalla 9 $92,300 0.8% 27.8%
Roanoke 10 $109,000 0.1% 26.9%
Orange Beach 11 $325,700 1.8% 9.4%
Satsuma 12 $158,200 0.1% 1.5%
Tarrant 13 $84,600 0.7% 8.2%
Lanett 14 $88,700 -0.8% -17.6%
Opp 15 $93,400 -0.8% 6.0%
Oneonta 16 $161,900 -0.3% 3.6%
Hamilton 17 $101,400 -0.3% -5.0%
Demopolis 18 $143,000 -1.2% 21.8%
Robertsdale 19 $126,500 4.7% -5.9%
Lincoln 20 $143,800 1.9% 9.8%
Montevallo 21 $158,200 2.0% -1.3%
Pinson 22 $147,700 -0.0% 7.5%
Greenville 23 $116,300 -1.5% -0.7%
Wetumpka 24 $147,700 0.5% 7.7%
Arab 25 $153,900 1.4% 3.7%
Tuskegee 26 $81,300 -0.5% 5.6%
Tuscumbia 27 $114,300 0.0% 3.8%
Guntersville 28 $215,200 0.7% 12.3%
Clanton 29 $125,900 0.2% -4.4%
Andalusia 30 $117,200 -0.6% 4.2%
Southside 31 $158,100 -0.1% 3.3%
Sheffield 32 $100,500 -0.7% 11.7%
Spanish Fort 33 $227,000 4.5% -6.4%
Valley 34 $91,300 -1.0% 2.9%
Fultondale 35 $154,500 0.7% 4.6%
Atmore 36 $96,100 -2.4% 1.9%
Bay Minette 37 $124,600 1.4% -0.9%
Boaz 38 $108,000 3.3% 2.8%
Rainbow City 39 $163,000 0.1% -1.9%
Pleasant Grove 40 $157,400 -0.3% 0.0%
Pike Road 41 $298,400 4.6% -0.5%
Russellville 42 $97,400 0.2% 5.1%
Clay 43 $156,300 0.5% 0.8%
Fairfield 44 $95,400 0.3% -3.7%
Eufaula 45 $123,800 -1.5% -3.4%
Sylacauga 46 $134,500 -0.8% 2.2%
Gulf Shores 47 $254,500 2.3% 4.7%
Leeds 48 $165,300 -0.4% 3.0%
Jacksonville 49 $150,000 1.1% 1.4%
Moody 50 $171,800 1.3% 5.9%
Irondale 51 $156,300 3.4% 9.7%
Jasper 52 $158,600 -0.5% 5.5%
Chelsea 53 $241,300 3.8% 3.7%
Gardendale 54 $184,200 0.0% 7.3%
Fort Payne 55 $130,400 -0.4% 4.4%
Pell City 56 $188,000 2.2% 2.3%
Calera 57 $154,100 3.4% 4.1%
Ozark 58 $123,800 -0.4% 7.2%
Muscle Shoals 59 $151,300 2.0% 2.9%
Hartselle 60 $149,100 -0.0% 0.3%
Scottsboro 61 $121,400 -0.5% 3.0%
Alexander City 62 $109,100 0.0% 7.3%
Saraland 63 $159,000 1.2% 6.7%
Talladega 64 $87,600 -0.8% 1.2%
Hueytown 65 $116,500 -0.6% -0.2%
Center Point 66 $99,400 -2.3% 1.6%
Millbrook 67 $157,100 2.5% 1.8%
Cullman 68 $150,300 2.2% 5.3%
Selma 69 $90,500 -2.8% 3.7%
Helena 70 $203,100 0.9% 4.1%
Troy 71 $160,800 -0.6% 4.4%
Foley 72 $194,900 4.3% 9.7%
Mountain Brook 73 $666,500 -1.3% 6.0%
Oxford 74 $141,500 -0.2% -2.6%
Anniston 75 $117,500 -0.8% 20.4%
Prichard 76 $66,100 -0.7% 0.0%
Albertville 77 $125,700 0.4% 4.7%
Fairhope 78 $321,900 4.5% 7.6%
Trussville 79 $273,100 3.3% 7.1%
Pelham 80 $198,500 1.2% 5.0%
Homewood 81 $379,800 -1.4% 9.2%
Northport 82 $187,500 0.4% 5.8%
Bessemer 83 $100,100 -2.3% 15.7%
Daphne 84 $218,900 2.6% 8.7%
Athens 85 $171,900 2.9% 6.5%
Enterprise 86 $174,500 0.8% 2.6%
Opelika 87 $153,400 1.2% 1.4%
Alabaster 88 $178,300 0.6% 3.1%
Vestavia Hills 89 $380,600 0.5% 1.2%
Gadsden 90 $80,400 -0.7% 9.2%
Phenix City 91 $130,100 -0.2% 0.9%
Prattville 92 $170,600 1.9% 4.9%
Florence 93 $142,000 0.9% -0.3%
Madison 94 $263,800 2.8% 4.3%
Decatur 95 $141,000 -0.2% 4.8%
Auburn 96 $270,400 2.3% 1.6%
Dothan 97 $152,700 1.1% 1.3%
Hoover 98 $298,400 0.2% 2.5%
Tuscaloosa 99 $190,100 1.3% 6.3%
Mobile 100 $134,100 -0.2% 8.5%

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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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