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Best Places To Live In Alabama 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score89
  • Vestavia Hills, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,243
  • Alabama is my most favorite home ever. I grew up in the state and have many memories from it. I lived in several cities in different areas in the State and Vestavia Hills is one of the prettiest. I…[read more]
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  • Madison, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,396
  • The weather average is not what is shown on this site. In the summer June through early Sept daytime highs are in the high 80's and low 90's with high humidity. It's a great town to raise a…[read more]
84
  • Hoover, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 84,100
  • I lived in Hoover, Alabama for five years before I relocated to be closer to my family. I enjoyed everyday that I spent in Hoover. My favorite thing to do in Hoover was go to the parks. There are twelve…[read more]
84
  • Brook Highland, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,604
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  • Homewood, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,652
  • Homewood has a wealth of attractions that show off the southern charm of the city, as well as the modern innovations of the area. Whether you're organizing a trip with friends or want to come up with…[read more]
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  • Mountain Brook, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,532
  • Many of the attractions and businesses are just outside of the Mountain Brook area, but I enjoy living in the town and have been here for almost three years. It offers a quiet setting instead of the busy…[read more]
82
  • Chelsea, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,706
  • Chelsea, Alabama - a great place to call home! And why not? With beautiful scenery, a fantastic sense of community, awesome schools, a booming economy and terrific weather, of course this is a wonderful…[read more]
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  • Daphne, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,295
  • Daphne, AL is a wonderful place to visit if you want great food and outdoor adventures. There are also a number of attractions that make the area truly unique, so you and your family can have an…[read more]
79
  • Meadowbrook, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,534
78
  • Helena, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,630
  • We're not as big and flashy as that "other" Helena, but we do have a nice little place here. Living in Helena is a real treat, there's no other way to describe it. We have so many great people here,…[read more]
78
  • Spanish Fort, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,825
  • A beautiful and serene community with many amenities. There is public transportation (BRATS) and a new community center soon to be opened with a new library and senior center. There is also a huge…[read more]
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  • Alabaster, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,269
  • After having lived in Alabaster, AL for a few years now, I can honestly say that I love it here! My favorite aspect of this beautiful city is the gorgeous, sunny weather that I crave. I no longer have to…[read more]
77
  • Fairhope, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,996
  • I grew up in Fairhope, Alabama. Fairhope is a wonderful city to raise a family in, retire to and place to visit! This quaint community has a unique downtown area that encourages locals to become involved…[read more]
77
  • Trussville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,872
  • If you're looking for entertaining activities in Trussville for your family vacation, you're in luck. There are attractions in the city that everyone in the family can take part in. Spare Time…[read more]
76
  • Huntsville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 188,973
  • Huntsville, Alabama is a great place to live. When I lived in Huntsville, I really enjoyed all of the great food and restaurant choices the city has. One thing I miss greatly are the fantastic po boy…[read more]
75
  • Pelham, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,596
  • There are lots of great things to do in Pelham that the entire family will enjoy. Whether you're into nature-centered activities, want to know more about the history of the area or get a great bite to…[read more]
75
  • Prattville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,107
  • Living in Prattville, Alabama is a way of life that combines all that is best about country life with the amenities of urban living. The cost of living is low, there are plenty of housing options and…[read more]
74
  • Rainbow City, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,590
74
  • Harvest, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,080
74
  • Northport, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,544
  • Do you want to know a little secret? I've lived in Northport and I really like to tell people "Roll Tide." Yes, one of Americas most successful Universities is located right here, so be prepared for…[read more]
74
  • Southside, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,563
73
  • Saraland, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,778
  • Saraland is a great community. We have great weather, low cost of living and things to do. Living in Saraland is convenient because it is close to a major highway and makes my commute easy during the…[read more]
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  • Orange Beach, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,791
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  • Decatur, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,419
  • Outside of Huntsville, Alabama, is a little town I call home; Decatur. My family still resides in this small town and when I visit I am overwhelmed with the southern charm the city boasts. While you…[read more]
73
  • Auburn, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,318
  • Auburn has the best schools, best run city government, plus it feels new, young, and vibrant. I grew up in the Midwest, lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, and New York. Auburn beats them all for…[read more]
73
  • Enterprise, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,025
  • A lot of Alabama can get pretty hot and humid, but Enterprise is one of the more charming parts of the region. A decent breeze comes through--which isn't common in a lot of the state--and makes a good…[read more]
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  • Oxford, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,202
  • Oxford is a city with lots of cultural activities and fun attractions that everyone in your family can take advantage of. The Oxford Performing Arts Center is a beautiful local art gallery where you can…[read more]
72
  • Cullman, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,156
  • I can recommend living in Cullman temporarily, but I really can't see living here long-term. Cullman is located between Birmingham and Huntsville, so if you don't mind doing some driving you will find a…[read more]
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  • Arab, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,247
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  • Clay, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,659
71
  • Satsuma, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,159
71
  • Meridianville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,568
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  • Irondale, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,388
  • I cannot recommend living in Irondale, AL enough to anyone looking to raise a family in a city with a small-town feel. Our community is wonderful out here. Everyone comes together frequently on the…[read more]
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  • Hartselle, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,475
  • I have lived in the city of Hartselle, AL. the southern hospitality everywhere is a great experience. There is little crime here, which is great if you are looking to start a family or being in a safe…[read more]
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  • Jacksonville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,827
  • I love living in Jacksonville, Alabama. I had to relocate here 4 years ago when I accepted a new position and I have fallen in love with this college town. This community has a piece of my heart now and…[read more]
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  • Gardendale, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,750
  • One of the best experiences I have had while living in Gardendale was the amazing amount of opportunities and friends made in just these past couple years. It wasn't hard to find work shortly after…[read more]
69
  • Hamilton, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,784
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  • Andalusia, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,042
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  • Tillmans Corner, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,620
  • I appreciated living in Tillmans Corner Alabama with my family. My husband and kids loved the spacious yards and family living there. The cost of living was extremely moderate and housing availability…[read more]
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  • Fultondale, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,854
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  • Clanton, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,730
68
  • Bay Minette, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,019
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  • Gulf Shores, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,252
  • When my wife and I retired, we wanted a sunny and warm place to call home and we have found that while living in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, we feel like we have our own…[read more]
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  • Opp, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,635
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  • Moores Mill, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,493
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  • Pleasant Grove, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,284
  • Living in Pleasant Grove, AL puts you under an hour from Tuscaloosa and just a little over an hour from Talladega. The area is surrounded with other nice, rustic, and forested towns. There's a great…[read more]
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  • Florence, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,938
  • Lived here all of my life. The only glowing thing I can say in regard to this town is simply this: I'm glad that the ratings of others that have contributed here generally reflect my misgivings. My…[read more]
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  • Daleville, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,160
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  • Muscle Shoals, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,585
  • Living in Muscle Shoals makes me believe in magic. Not the fairy tale magic that you see in movies, but more like the magic when a good thing comes together. If you believe in yourself, you can make it…[read more]
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  • Smiths Station, AL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,235

Alabama: The Hidden Jewel of the Southeast

Home to nearly five million residents, Alabama is a hidden jewel in the southeast United States. Whether you enjoy mountains, the beach, or rolling plains, Alabama has beautiful scenery, and a climate that makes it easy to enjoy it all year long. While historically known for farming, Alabama has seen a boom in automobile manufacturing in recent decades, in addition to aerospace, healthcare, and education. The economic upturn, the low cost of living, and the high quality of life residents experience has led to more and more people moving to Alabama in recent years.

Alabama is the 24th most populous state in the United States with approximately 4.8 million people, and it is ranked 30th in area size. It is centrally located in the South, bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, making travel to large cities such as Nashville, Memphis, and Atlanta fairly easy. Montgomery is the state capital, but the largest city is Birmingham, with over 200,000 people living in city limits and over one million residents in the Birmingham metropolitan area.

One of the draws to Alabama, aside from the manufacturing boom, is the low cost of living. The overall cost of living is below the national average with housing being significantly cheaper than the U.S. average, even in the larger cities. Healthcare costs, taxes, and utilities are also below national averages, making Alabama a very affordable place to enjoy a good quality of life.

For anyone looking for a metropolitan area, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile are some of the best places to live in Alabama. Birmingham is known as the cultural capital of Alabama with the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and several art galleries located here. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is also an important fixture and a popular attraction in Alabama. Huntsville's economy is based around the biotech and aerospace industry, and the US Space and Rocket Center reflecting the history of the space program. Huntsville is also home to the popular Space Camp. Mobile is a popular tourist destination, not only because of its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, but also as a cultural destination. The historical district is filled with gorgeous, antebellum homes, while the Carnival Museum contains Mobile's Mardi Gras history. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are the popular beach destinations in Alabama.

The geography of Alabama is very diverse, though most of the central part of the state are rolling plains that were used for agricultural purposes in the past. The northern part of the state is covered by the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee River winds through the foothills. Residents of Alabama can enjoy warm weather nearly all year, as the climate of the state is considered subtropical. The whole state is hot in the summer with average temperatures well over ninety degrees. For anyone who prefers cooler weather, the northern towns are the best places to live in Alabama, though the region is still considered mild.

With the low cost of living, mild weather, and diverse economy, Alabama is a great state to call home. Rich in history, culture, and education, Alabama appeals to sports lovers, history buffs, and artists alike. If you are seeking the best places to live in Alabama based on your unique desires, we can help narrow your search using our customizable search filters like population, radius and home/rent price.