These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Alabama For 2018

We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Alabama for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Alabama? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Montgomery, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Alabama suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Heart Of Dixie:

  1. Mountain Brook (Photos)
  2. Vestavia Hills (Photos)
  3. Helena (Photos)
  4. Homewood (Photos)
  5. Hoover (Photos)
  6. Pike Road (Photos)
  7. Chelsea (Photos)
  8. Millbrook (Photos)
  9. Alabaster (Photos)
  10. Trussville (Photos)

Mountain Brook is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Alabama.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Alabama, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Alabama and the best places to raise a family in Alabama.

How do you determine which suburb is the best in Alabama anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Alabama, 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 a “best city” and what isn’t.

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

How we crunched the suburb 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 town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Alabama across a number of criteria from one to 33, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Alabama”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Alabama

Read on to see why Mountain Brook is the ‘burb with the most, while Bessemer is probably not the best place to live in Alabama.

1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Al

Population: 20,532
Median Income: $129,777
Median Home Price: $557,300
Mountain Brook is located 4 miles east of Birmingham.

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Al

Population: 34,243
Median Income: $93,178
Median Home Price: $346,600
Vestavia Hills is located 5 miles south of Birmingham.

3. Helena

Helena, Al

Population: 17,630
Median Income: $84,888
Median Home Price: $185,000
Helena is located 17 miles south of Birmingham.

4. Homewood

Homewood, Al

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,652
Median Income: $66,573
Median Home Price: $299,100
Homewood is located 4 miles south of Birmingham.

5. Hoover

Hoover, Al

Population: 84,100
Median Income: $78,056
Median Home Price: $268,100
Hoover is located 10 miles south of Birmingham.

6. Pike Road

Pike Road, Al

Population: 7,790
Median Income: $94,805
Median Home Price: $244,900
Pike Road is located 13 miles east of Montgomery.

7. Chelsea

Chelsea, Al

Population: 11,706
Median Income: $91,199
Median Home Price: $216,300
Chelsea is located 16 miles south of Birmingham.

8. Millbrook

Millbrook, Al

Population: 15,045
Median Income: $59,435
Median Home Price: $144,800
Millbrook is located 12 miles north of Montgomery.

9. Alabaster

Alabaster, Al

Population: 32,269
Median Income: $73,325
Median Home Price: $166,300
Alabaster is located 21 miles south of Birmingham.

10. Trussville

Trussville, Al

Population: 20,872
Median Income: $84,198
Median Home Price: $233,500
Trussville is located 16 miles east of Birmingham.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Alabama

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Alabama according to the data:

  1. Bessemer
  2. Tarrant
  3. Lanett

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Alabama

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Mountain Brook 1 20,532 $129,777 $557,300
Vestavia Hills 2 34,243 $93,178 $346,600
Helena 3 17,630 $84,888 $185,000
Homewood 4 25,652 $66,573 $299,100
Hoover 5 84,100 $78,056 $268,100
Pike Road 6 7,790 $94,805 $244,900
Chelsea 7 11,706 $91,199 $216,300
Millbrook 8 15,045 $59,435 $144,800
Alabaster 9 32,269 $73,325 $166,300
Trussville 10 20,872 $84,198 $233,500
Pelham 11 22,596 $71,864 $169,600
Pleasant Grove 12 10,284 $63,292 $151,000
Prattville 13 35,107 $56,364 $150,800
Gardendale 14 13,750 $62,668 $158,400
Moody 15 12,464 $60,911 $150,100
Clay 16 9,659 $69,973 $151,800
Calera 17 12,839 $63,396 $138,200
Fultondale 18 8,854 $54,273 $130,000
Smiths Station 19 5,235 $50,597 $134,500
Leeds 20 11,701 $56,087 $141,600
Hueytown 21 15,797 $41,141 $112,600
Fairfield 22 10,937 $32,723 $95,100
Wetumpka 23 7,654 $43,750 $135,300
Montevallo 24 6,633 $38,472 $148,500
Pinson 25 7,451 $60,227 $131,000
Irondale 26 12,388 $47,949 $127,300
Valley 27 9,439 $39,387 $82,900
Tallassee 28 5,657 $45,972 $84,700
Midfield 29 5,260 $36,647 $75,600
Center Point 30 16,711 $39,134 $100,300
Lanett 31 6,454 $27,297 $81,200
Tarrant 32 6,271 $26,800 $72,900
Bessemer 33 26,856 $30,682 $85,300

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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