Vestavia Hills 89 Exceptional
Vestavia Hills Livability #2 ranked city in Alabama#381 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Vestavia Hills Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Vestavia Hills Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% higher than Alabama
Vestavia Hills
11313% more expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Vestavia Hills cost of living
A+ Vestavia Hills Crime Total crime is 58% lower than Alabama
Total crime
1,35346% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7446% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Vestavia Hills crime
A- Vestavia Hills Employment Household income is 108% higher than Alabama
Median household income
$93,17868% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$51,79774% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%65% lower than the US average
Vestavia Hills employment
C- Vestavia Hills Housing Home value is 170% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$346,60088% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0056% higher than the US average
Home ownership
74%17% higher than the US average
Vestavia Hills real estate or Vestavia Hills rentals
A+ Vestavia Hills Schools HS graduation rate is 21% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
78%58% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:125% lower than the US average
Vestavia Hills K-12 schools
B+ Vestavia Hills User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Vestavia Hills
Overall user rating
76% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Vestavia Hills, AL

      Located in the state of Alabama, Vestavia Hills is a medium-sized city with a population of 34,243 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Vestavia Hills is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 87% of the population considered married and 49% with kids under the age of 18, Vestavia Hills could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Vestavia Hills, Alabama could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Vestavia Hills and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Vestavia Hills to Alabama and the national average.

      Vestavia Hills has a livability score of 88 out of 100 and is ranked #1 in Alabama and #112 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Vestavia Hills ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! The cherry on top is that Vestavia Hills also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Vestavia Hills has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B-), education (A+) and employment (A-). Vestavia Hills does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Vestavia Hills 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.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 69 crimes per 100,000 residents, Vestavia Hills has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      The average school test scores in Vestavia Hills are 78%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Vestavia Hills is real estate affordability. The median home price for Vestavia Hills homes is $346,600, which is 169.7% higher than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Vestavia Hills, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 27.6% higher than the Alabama average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Vestavia Hills area were 5.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.9%.

      Vestavia Hills transportation information

      StatisticVestavia HillsAlabamaNational
      Average one way commute20min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.3%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.6%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.9%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home5.5%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Vestavia Hills, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).