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 204 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:
- White Hall
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 crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 204 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.
Population: 247 Median Income: $9,712
Median Home Value: $65,300
Population: 216 Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $73,000
Population: 255 Median Income: $22,250
Median Home Value: $48,800
4. White Hall
Population: 811 Median Income: $18,913
Median Home Value: $57,100
Population: 192 Median Income: $22,500
Median Home Value: $58,800
Population: 188 Median Income: $27,188
Median Home Value: $52,500
Population: 339 Median Income: $21,635
Median Home Value: $58,300
Population: 252 Median Income: $17,344
Median Home Value: $63,300
Population: 144 Median Income: $13,281
Median Home Value: $72,500
Population: 494 Median Income: $16,696
Median Home Value: $45,900
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.
- Best: Magnolia Springs
- 2nd Best: McIntosh
- 3rd Best: Highland Lake
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Alabama
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