These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2018


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

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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:

  1. Boykin
  2. Pennington
  3. Gordon
  4. White Hall
  5. Repton
  6. Fulton
  7. Dozier
  8. Akron
  9. Orrville
  10. Castleberry

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.

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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.

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1. Boykin


Population: 247
Median Income: $9,712
Median Home Value: $65,300

2. Pennington


Population: 216
Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $73,000

3. Gordon


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

5. Repton


Population: 192
Median Income: $22,500
Median Home Value: $58,800

6. Fulton


Population: 188
Median Income: $27,188
Median Home Value: $52,500

7. Dozier


Population: 339
Median Income: $21,635
Median Home Value: $58,300

8. Akron


Population: 252
Median Income: $17,344
Median Home Value: $63,300

9. Orrville


Population: 144
Median Income: $13,281
Median Home Value: $72,500

10. Castleberry


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.

  1. Best: Magnolia Springs
  2. 2nd Best: McIntosh
  3. 3rd Best: Highland Lake

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Alabama
  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Cities In Alabama
  • These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Alabama

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Boykin 1 247 $65,300
    Pennington 2 216 $73,000
    Gordon 3 255 $48,800
    White Hall 4 811 $57,100
    Repton 5 192 $58,800
    Fulton 6 188 $52,500
    Dozier 7 339 $58,300
    Akron 8 252 $63,300
    Orrville 9 144 $72,500
    Castleberry 10 494 $45,900
    Epes 11 169 $66,200
    Camp Hill 12 956 $52,000
    Onycha 13 182 $68,800
    Mcdonald Chapel 14 519 $59,100
    Glen Allen 15 474 $50,800
    Pine Ridge 16 204 $66,300
    Beatrice 17 278 $31,700
    Ridgeville 18 114 $51,700
    Rockford 19 618 $77,800
    Hodges 20 301 $69,100
    Midway 21 702 $43,300
    Bakerhill 22 204 $49,200
    Sterrett 23 865 $77,200
    Coffeeville 24 396 $102,100
    Pickensville 25 827 $49,700
    Kinston 26 664 $79,300
    Joppa 27 467 $90,000
    Ariton 28 772 $102,200
    Vina 29 300 $63,300
    Forkland 30 729 $54,100
    Boligee 31 594 $63,500
    Silas 32 419 $72,300
    Ethelsville 33 171 $43,800
    Belk 34 238 $60,600
    Oakman 35 666 $62,400
    Newbern 36 172 $65,000
    Waldo 37 210 $66,400
    Hissop 38 754 $104,000
    Gordonville 39 257 $51,100
    Penton 40 172 $113,200
    Union 41 260 $74,600
    Kansas 42 202 $52,900
    River Falls 43 729 $58,000
    Hurtsboro 44 582 $61,200
    Hobson City 45 904 $85,600
    Pine Apple 46 109 $68,800
    Valley Head 47 713 $89,800
    Millerville 48 277 $21,600
    Parrish 49 914 $57,000
    Newville 50 540 $69,800
    Nauvoo 51 169 $56,700
    North Courtland 52 722 $66,400
    Wadley 53 890 $85,600
    Jacksons’ Gap 54 924 $82,300
    Louisville 55 480 $65,000
    Lynn 56 476 $67,100
    Horn Hill 57 279 $88,000
    Baileyton 58 766 $102,700
    Addison 59 757 $67,100
    Shorter 60 581 $79,200
    Gainesville 61 274 $58,100
    Madrid 62 411 $48,300
    Billingsley 63 115 $39,800
    Detroit 64 210 $73,900
    Sipsey 65 416 $54,200
    Woodville 66 893 $87,100
    Riverview 67 152 $56,400
    Sanford 68 218 $166,700
    Uriah 69 220 $62,200
    Leighton 70 934 $71,000
    Trafford 71 660 $81,500
    Mckenzie 72 473 $61,700
    Gurley 73 775 $97,400
    Section 74 988 $90,800
    Goshen 75 343 $73,800
    Pine Hill 76 940 $84,800
    Arley 77 477 $96,700
    Mulga 78 967 $50,600
    Garden City 79 461 $81,800
    Rutledge 80 318 $86,700
    Coffee Springs 81 268 $90,800
    Edgewater 82 899 $74,200
    Mount Olive Cdp (Coosa County) 83 275 $67,300
    Millry 84 563 $85,600
    Lockhart 85 412 $64,000
    Skyline 86 984 $74,200
    Altoona 87 768 $82,200
    Kellyton 88 228 $81,300
    Allgood 89 663 $80,000
    Bellamy 90 681 $62,200
    Hillsboro 91 561 $103,800
    Heath 92 306 $91,300
    Waterloo 93 163 $54,200
    Cherokee 94 853 $65,500
    Pisgah 95 756 $90,000
    Five Points 96 180 $76,500
    Beaverton 97 264 $37,100
    St. Stephens 98 382 $152,500
    Napier Field 99 512 $52,500
    Maplesville 100 786 $87,500

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    6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2018

    1. This is what happens when your State Football team is The Top Dawg every year. Roll Tide and who asked you to even say anything about any town in our state. We are Alabama nuff said. Stick it where the Sun don’t shine…..

    2. These all include people who live in the town limits. Many small towns have populations that use said town that live outside the town limits.

    3. Beaverton doesn’t actually have a gas station. There’s a post office and the convenience store in the picture.

    4. This is a bunch of dog poop you talking. Stick your statistics where the sun don’t shine because I’m from one of these towns and everything you said is not true. You even got the population wrong!!!!!

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