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A Anniston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Anniston Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Alabama
8515% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Anniston cost of living
F Anniston Crime Total crime is 176% higher than Alabama
Total crime
9,592248% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11248% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Anniston crime
F Anniston Employment Household income is 32% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$30,53945% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,18429% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%72% higher than the US average
Anniston employment
F Anniston Housing Home value is 23% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$98,50047% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$59637% lower than the US average
Home ownership
58%9% lower than the US average
Anniston real estate or Anniston rentals
F Anniston Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Alabama
High school grad. rates
76%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Anniston K-12 schools

Living in Anniston, AL

Located in the state of Alabama, Anniston is a mid-sized city with a population of 22,441 people. Individuals of White (45%) and Black or African American (49%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Anniston. With average one way commute time of only 22 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Anniston could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Alabama if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Anniston and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, education, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 57 out of 100, Anniston is ranked #26,109 in the United States and #480 in Alabama. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. Something also worth noting is that Anniston ranks among some of the lowest scoring cities in the USA, with more than 90% of cities obtaining a higher score. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Anniston scores well for amenities (A), cost of living (A-) and weather (B-). The bad news for Anniston, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Anniston has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Anniston Museum of Natural History, Berman Museum of World History, and Big Chair.

Assuming that Anniston meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Anniston. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Anniston are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Anniston come in at $98,500, which is 23.3% lower than the Alabama average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Anniston, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 10.3% higher than the Alabama average.

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Anniston, Alabama and The Truth

I will tell you the truth about living here before you even waste your time giving it a visit. I was at a gas station just the other day and heard an old man talking about how bad the crime has gotten in the city. It wasn't like this when I was growing up in the early 30's. I know a good person when I see one, and everyone here has one issue.

The employment issues are really being felt here, and honestly I think that folks should pull up their britches and go to work. Somehow, someway we will meet our lofty goals of growth and help the less fortunate catch up.

If you would like to move into a lovely southern home with all the bells and whistles, you can find a number of options here in Anniston for prices that are unbeatable elsewhere. I love the design because it takes me back to the good days, way back when I was a child in the 30's.
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