The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in AL are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst small places to live in Alabama.

Most Americans have never been to Alabama. However, as the people who live there know, Alabama is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Alabama has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Heart Of Dixie. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 192 of Alabama's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Alabama where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Alabama for 2021:

  1. Clio
  2. Camp Hill
  3. Dadeville
  4. Ashland
  5. Elmore
  6. Aliceville
  7. Frisco City
  8. Brundidge
  9. Flomaton
  10. Steele

So what is the worst small town to call home in alabama for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Clio is the worst small town to live in Alabama.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Alabama has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the worst places to live in Alabama.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2021

1. Clio

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,015
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,600 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (56th worst)
More on Clio:  Data

2. Camp Hill

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 1,196
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,500 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.6% (8th worst)
More on Camp Hill:  Data

3. Dadeville

Dadeville, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 3,098
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 32)
Median Home Value: $84,000 (5worst)
Unemployment Rate: 32.8% (worst)
More on Dadeville:  Data | Photos

4. Ashland

Ashland, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,447
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $87,900 (6worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (29th worst)
More on Ashland:  Data | Photos

5. Elmore

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,137
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $63,100 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (32nd worst)
More on Elmore:  Data

6. Aliceville

Aliceville, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,362
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (60th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.7% (2nd worst)
More on Aliceville:  Data | Photos

7. Frisco City

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,539
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $76,300 (32nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.4% (14th worst)
More on Frisco City:  Data

8. Brundidge

Brundidge, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,345
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $75,300 (29th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.1% (16th worst)
More on Brundidge:  Data | Photos

9. Flomaton

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,652
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $84,400 (53rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.4% (3rd worst)
More on Flomaton:  Data

10. Steele

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,149
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $76,200 (3worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (85th worst)
More on Steele:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Alabama, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Alabama for 2021

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2015-2019 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 192 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Alabama

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Heart Of Dixie with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Alabama, according to science:

  1. Springville (Pop. 4,257)
  2. Shoal Creek (Pop. 1,376)
  3. Kimberly (Pop. 3,444)

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Alabama

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Clio 1,015 8.9% $55,600
2 Camp Hill 1,196 17.6% $70,500
3 Dadeville 3,098 32.8% $84,000
4 Ashland 1,447 11.3% $87,900
5 Elmore 1,137 11.1% $63,100
6 Aliceville 2,362 23.7% $87,600
7 Frisco City 1,539 14.4% $76,300
8 Brundidge 2,345 14.1% $75,300
9 Flomaton 1,652 23.4% $84,400
10 Steele 1,149 6.7% $76,200
11 Cordova 2,006 16.2% $64,100
12 Goodwater 1,261 8.3% $73,300
13 Webb 1,427 11.3% $77,900
14 Bear Creek 1,205 12.4% $51,400
15 York 2,529 14.2% $41,000
16 Georgiana 1,806 12.3% $54,600
17 Samson 1,686 16.0% $60,100
18 Selmont-West Selmont 1,812 11.0% $34,400
19 Phil Campbell 1,009 5.6% $73,100
20 Vincent 1,918 9.4% $90,000
21 Elba 3,841 10.6% $77,800
22 Unio 1,880 22.8% $60,400
23 Parrish 1,087 21.4% $35,800
24 Holt 3,952 10.7% $67,500
25 Clayton 2,884 9.4% $80,700
26 Carrollton 1,055 17.4% $105,200
27 Cottonwood 1,294 7.6% $83,200
28 Florala 1,551 6.1% $78,000
29 Greensboro 3,149 17.7% $66,500
30 Ragland 1,889 10.7% $80,000
31 Henagar 2,184 7.4% $90,800
32 Carbon Hill 1,441 8.7% $64,300
33 Mount Vernon 1,450 11.3% $87,400
34 Fort Deposit 1,835 10.1% $59,900
35 Heflin 3,437 13.0% $116,600
36 Guin 2,684 7.8% $92,200
37 Brighton 2,810 11.2% $49,800
38 Powell 1,261 4.9% $95,000
39 Slocomb 1,852 4.5% $68,000
40 Union Springs 3,514 3.0% $69,600
41 Vernon 1,961 17.2% $101,300
42 Midland City 1,961 10.8% $100,800
43 Childersburg 4,908 10.9% $107,800
44 Reform 1,621 5.6% $79,900
45 Bridgeport 2,106 7.7% $64,500
46 Collinsville 2,212 0.8% $75,900
47 Dora 2,209 11.6% $103,700
48 Brookside 1,217 13.6% $90,000
49 Red Bay 3,114 6.1% $83,600
50 West End-Cobb Town 3,274 9.1% $66,400
51 Sulligent 1,917 6.7% $69,300
52 Hackleburg 1,307 8.6% $85,300
53 Brantley 1,005 8.3% $89,300
54 Marion 3,275 6.7% $75,000
55 Whitesboro 2,602 6.1% $83,900
56 Abbeville 2,573 5.8% $84,000
57 Bayou La Batre 2,543 2.9% $75,200
58 Lipscomb 1,873 4.9% $64,600
59 Double Springs 1,610 4.5% $93,600
60 Hartford 2,586 3.8% $92,100
61 Eutaw 2,676 10.6% $90,500
62 Chatom 1,195 8.9% $140,200
63 Munford 1,410 8.2% $79,500
64 Geneva 4,340 4.8% $103,600
65 New Market 1,122 11.0% $131,400
66 West Blocton 1,240 13.0% $83,700
67 Graysville 1,864 15.9% $92,200
68 Berry 1,345 8.7% $90,800
69 New Brockton 1,146 8.9% $106,500
70 Malvern 1,582 2.7% $94,300
71 Hanceville 3,377 14.0% $99,900
72 Evergreen 3,646 8.7% $100,600
73 Carlisle-Rockledge 2,577 4.6% $127,700
74 La Fayette 2,943 5.6% $105,600
75 Haleyville 4,159 8.8% $89,000
76 Blountsville 2,262 4.8% $119,500
77 Ashville 2,380 6.9% $110,200
78 Adamsville 4,340 10.0% $101,700
79 Hollywood 1,164 2.6% $74,300
80 Jackson 4,781 14.1% $122,300
81 Brent 4,803 3.4% $91,100
82 Creola 1,871 7.5% $135,300
83 East Brewton 2,917 10.2% $84,000
84 Linden 1,794 10.8% $90,600
85 Tidmore Bend 1,221 7.4% $90,800
86 Taylor 2,286 7.6% $96,100
87 Cleveland 1,334 1.5% $95,700
88 Warrior 3,214 3.8% $108,900
89 Kinsey 2,199 4.8% $92,200
90 Crossville 2,011 5.8% $115,500
91 Holly Pond 1,064 8.1% $131,700
92 Piedmont 4,611 9.4% $80,500
93 Gordo 1,660 13.6% $112,900
94 Livingston 3,356 6.6% $131,700
95 Elberta 1,709 6.2% $121,200
96 Lookout Mountain 1,884 3.8% $92,300
97 Town Creek 1,149 8.5% $96,500
98 Harpersville 1,483 5.9% $140,100
99 Ladonia 3,391 1.8% $80,400
100 Newton 1,869 4.1% $89,900

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