The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama For 2022


We analyzed 103 places in Alabama to determine where the 1% live.

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Sweet home Alabama, I’m coming home to you — with bags full of cash.

That is, if I live in one of the ten richest places in the Heart of Dixie.

If you already live in one of the wealthiest cities in Alabama, then kudos on your success. But if you’re looking to break into the big league in this southern gem, look no further than our list of top ten richest places in Alabama.

So how did we come to a final tally on the state’s havens of wealth? We poured over the Census data from the American Community Survey for 103 Alabama cities with 5,000. After cutting the numbers down to the more populous locales, we then looked at various statistics like unemployment, poverty rates, and median income and assigned weights and values for each of these factors. Unsurprisingly, there was a good amount of overlap between Alabama’s richest cities and its best and safest cities, especially in the upper echelon.

If you want to live in a spot that ticks all the boxes, then you’ll want to check out the Birmingham ‘burbs of Mountain Brook or Vestavia Hills. You’ll need a private jet to get to the Crimson Tide home game if you’re coming from Spanish Fort, but you may just be able to afford it if you’re living there. The great news about Alabama’s hotspots of wealth is that 8/10 of these cities have a median household income under $100,000/year, so living in the rarefied air of the 1% might be a much more achievable goal than it is in many other states.

So want to know where the richest of the rich reside in Alabama? Grab some grits and gravy with a side of caviar and champagne and read on.

Here are the 10 richest places in Alabama for 2022:

  1. Mountain Brook
  2. Vestavia Hills
  3. Spanish Fort
  4. Helena
  5. Pike Road
  6. Trussville
  7. Madison
  8. Calera
  9. Pelham
  10. Homewood

So how exactly did we determine which places in Alabama have the most going on monetarily? In order to narrow down the richest cities in Alabama, we looked at a number of factors: poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

That left us with 103 cities to score. What’s the wealthiest city in Alabama? According to the data, Mountain Brook is the winner of this title for 2022.

So if you care about living in a place with low poverty, great job opportunities, and rich residents, look no further than the list below. The Heart of Dixie is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Alabama:

The 10 Richest Cities In Alabama For 2022

1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,178
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $152,646
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Mountain Brook: Real Estate | Photos

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 34,482
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $110,478
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Photos

3. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,991
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $86,505
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Spanish Fort: Real Estate | Photos

4. Helena

Helena, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,631
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $89,982
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Helena: Real Estate | Photos

5. Pike Road

Pike Road, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,745
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $100,865
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Pike Road: Real Estate | Photos

6. Trussville

Trussville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,590
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,976
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Trussville: Real Estate | Photos

7. Madison

Madison, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 50,717
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $94,214
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Photos

8. Calera

Calera, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,327
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,171
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Calera: Real Estate | Photos

9. Pelham

Pelham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,707
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $79,268
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Pelham: Real Estate | Photos

10. Homewood

Homewood, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,170
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $84,418
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Homewood: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Alabama For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Alabama
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 103 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 103 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Mountain Brook, crowned the “Richest City In Alabama For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 103 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Alabama For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Alabama, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Alabama.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Alabama, according to data:

Poorest: Atmore
2nd Poorest: Selma
3rd Poorest: Tuskegee

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Alabama

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mountain Brook 3.0 $152,646
2 Vestavia Hills 4.0 $110,478
3 Spanish Fort 6.0 $86,505
4 Helena 6.33 $89,982
5 Pike Road 7.0 $100,865
6 Trussville 7.67 $104,976
7 Madison 11.0 $94,214
8 Calera 12.33 $68,171
9 Pelham 12.33 $79,268
10 Homewood 14.33 $84,418
11 Leeds 18.67 $62,227
12 Gardendale 19.0 $75,170
13 Orange Beach 19.33 $81,295
14 Chelsea 19.33 $92,917
15 Hoover 19.67 $92,984
16 Muscle Shoals 20.0 $54,620
17 Glencoe 20.67 $61,514
18 Clay 21.0 $67,854
19 Southside 22.67 $70,306
20 Alabaster 25.0 $80,871
21 Oxford 27.33 $63,156
22 Fairhope 28.33 $80,106
23 Pleasant Grove 28.67 $64,087
24 Daphne 29.0 $71,105
25 Fultondale 29.0 $67,325
26 Millbrook 29.67 $56,722
27 Pinson 30.33 $67,637
28 Prattville 30.33 $64,613
29 Valley 31.0 $50,445
30 Gulf Shores 31.0 $53,209
31 Satsuma 31.67 $82,768
32 Moody 32.0 $66,245
33 Hartselle 32.33 $56,323
34 Semmes 35.33 $52,817
35 Saraland 37.0 $61,116
36 Robertsdale 37.67 $48,578
37 Cullman 38.67 $52,301
38 Opelika 42.67 $50,488
39 Northport 45.67 $64,814
40 Huntsville 45.67 $56,758
41 Attalla 47.33 $42,744
42 Pell City 47.33 $59,536
43 Lincoln 47.33 $63,824
44 Foley 48.33 $48,373
45 Albertville 48.33 $51,095
46 Arab 49.0 $48,391
47 Athens 49.33 $53,144
48 Scottsboro 49.33 $43,713
49 Enterprise 49.67 $62,182
50 Wetumpka 50.0 $46,509
51 Boaz 50.33 $41,556
52 Jasper 51.33 $53,308
53 Russellville 51.67 $44,674
54 Decatur 52.67 $49,296
55 Irondale 52.67 $61,051
56 Oneonta 53.67 $38,922
57 Guntersville 55.0 $50,142
58 Smiths Station 56.0 $49,470
59 Hueytown 56.0 $51,350
60 Auburn 59.0 $49,028
61 Rainbow City 59.33 $48,644
62 Dothan 59.33 $48,377
63 Rainsville 59.67 $38,028
64 Hamilton 62.33 $38,613
65 Tuscumbia 64.33 $41,131
66 Montgomery 64.33 $49,608
67 Alexander City 65.33 $41,004
68 Roanoke 66.0 $42,360
69 Mobile 67.33 $43,456
70 Center Point 68.0 $45,221
71 Clanton 69.67 $43,675
72 Lanett 70.33 $34,785
73 Montevallo 71.33 $38,066
74 Florence 71.33 $39,735
75 Tuscaloosa 72.33 $44,507
76 Troy 73.0 $34,603
77 Brewton 73.67 $41,444
78 Sheffield 75.0 $36,774
79 Chickasaw 75.67 $32,332
80 Phenix City 76.0 $41,842
81 Demopolis 76.33 $32,743
82 Andalusia 76.67 $41,410
83 Bay Minette 76.67 $39,588
84 Anniston 77.67 $41,366
85 Fort Payne 78.0 $42,200
86 Ozark 78.0 $41,894
87 Greenville 79.67 $41,012
88 Fairfield 80.0 $41,439
89 Birmingham 85.0 $38,832
90 Opp 85.0 $34,548
91 Jacksonville 85.33 $41,530
92 Eufaula 85.33 $34,713
93 Daleville 86.0 $35,255
94 Sylacauga 88.67 $37,093
95 Gadsden 89.33 $34,062
96 Tarrant 90.33 $34,032
97 Monroeville 92.33 $29,543
98 Bessemer 96.67 $30,284
99 Prichard 97.33 $30,464
100 Talladega 97.67 $30,088

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Alabama.

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.

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