Alabama : What you need to know

Both residents and tourists enjoy the warm climate in Alabama year round. The best places to live in Alabama include Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile. The Yellowhammer State (named after its state bird) features outdoor amenities like four national forests, Natchez Trace Parkway and inland waterways. There are strong economic sectors in agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, mining and banking, and top universities include University of Alabama, Auburn University, Troy University and Tuskegee University.


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Alabama Profile

Quick Facts

Population 4,830,620
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $43,623
Median Home Price $125,500
Median Property Tax $1,139
Median Rent $69

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.1%
  Unemployed 5.9%

Race

  Ethnicity White 68.8%
  Ethnicity Black 26.4%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.2%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 1.3%

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.1%
  Unemployed 5.9%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 14.8%
  Associate's Degree 7.8%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 8.7%
  High School Graduate 31%
  Some College, No Degree 22%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 23.5%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 84.3%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.7%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 13.9%
Wholesale Trade 2.5%
Retail Trade 12%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.2%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.6%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.3%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 22.5%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.3%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.2%
Public Administration 5.7%

Housing

  Homes Rent 68.7%
  Homes Owned 31.3%

Alabama Rankings


Best places to Live in Alabama
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abanda 52 $0 $11,207
Abbeville 2,646 $71,600 $25,615
Adamsville 4,454 $95,000 $42,575
Addison 682 $69,300 $37,083
Akron 293 $72,500 $21,667
Alabaster 31,905 $165,800 $71,816
Albertville 21,406 $111,300 $32,911
Alexander City 14,787 $102,900 $29,874
Alexandria 3,912 $128,500 $56,058
Aliceville 3,727 $97,100 $21,131
Allgood 803 $80,000 $42,009
Altoona 808 $67,600 $27,566
Andalusia 9,058 $90,300 $31,968
Anderson 253 $98,800 $34,792
Anniston 22,626 $99,900 $29,681
Arab 8,282 $145,300 $40,292
Ardmore 1,419 $127,500 $35,670
Argo 4,146 $156,400 $57,212
Ariton 702 $97,900 $24,286
Arley 476 $86,500 $28,750