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 180 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Alabama for 2019? 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017 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 – 180 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $35,300 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (28th worst)
More on Clio: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $62,500 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.4% (14th worst)
More on Georgiana: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $51,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.9% (4th worst)
More on Mosses: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $66,900 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.3% (6th worst)
More on Frisco City: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $54,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (37th worst)
More on Berry: Data
Rank Last Year: –
Median Home Value: $56,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (100th worst)
More on Camp Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $74,300 (34th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.7% (10th worst)
More on Goodwater: Data
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $65,600 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (26th worst)
More on Elmore: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $66,200 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.7% (7th worst)
More on Cordova: Data
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:
- Springville (Pop. 4,183)
- Kimberly (Pop. 2,960)
- Lake View (Pop. 2,967)
For more Alabama reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alabama
- 10 Safest Places In Alabama
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Alabama
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Alabama
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