These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2019


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 . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Alabama.

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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 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:

These are the worst small towns in Alabama for 2019:

  1. Clio
  2. Georgiana
  3. Mosses
  4. Frisco City
  5. York (Photos)
  6. Berry
  7. Camp Hill
  8. Goodwater
  9. Elmore
  10. Cordova

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.

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.

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.

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Population: 1,029
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $35,300 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (28th worst)
More on Clio:  Data

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Population: 1,787
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $62,500 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.4% (14th worst)
More on Georgiana:  Data

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Population: 1,078
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $51,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.9% (4th worst)
More on Mosses:  Data

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Population: 1,400
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $66,900 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.3% (6th worst)
More on Frisco City:  Data

York, AL

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Population: 3,055
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $51,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.1% (18th worst)
More on York:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,443
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $54,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (37th worst)
More on Berry:  Data

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Population: 1,089
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $56,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (100th worst)
More on Camp Hill:  Data

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Population: 1,664
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $74,300 (34th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.7% (10th worst)
More on Goodwater:  Data

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Population: 1,717
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $65,600 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (26th worst)
More on Elmore:  Data

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Population: 2,014
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:

  1. Springville (Pop. 4,183)
  2. Kimberly (Pop. 2,960)
  3. Lake View (Pop. 2,967)

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Alabama

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Clio 1,029 14.8% $35,300
2 Georgiana 1,787 19.4% $62,500
3 Mosses 1,078 24.9% $51,700
4 Frisco City 1,400 24.3% $66,900
5 York 3,055 17.1% $51,300
6 Berry 1,443 13.3% $54,500
7 Camp Hill 1,089 7.8% $56,500
8 Goodwater 1,664 21.7% $74,300
9 Elmore 1,717 15.7% $65,600
10 Cordova 2,014 22.7% $66,200
11 Eutaw 2,761 16.9% $80,300
12 Flomaton 1,770 27.2% $72,800
13 Unio 2,234 19.9% $57,900
14 Carrollton 1,039 24.9% $87,100
15 Samson 2,046 21.7% $67,300
16 Evergreen 3,742 24.6% $89,700
17 Clayton 2,912 12.5% $75,800
18 Hayneville 1,186 14.0% $69,800
19 Brookside 1,323 14.8% $84,100
20 Double Springs 1,377 11.7% $79,800
21 Slocomb 1,806 8.8% $65,200
22 Union Springs 3,640 9.1% $68,800
23 Vernon 1,956 15.8% $78,100
24 Hobson City 1,035 31.9% $80,000
25 Aliceville 2,466 20.3% $102,800
26 Brundidge 2,205 13.7% $77,700
27 Blountsville 1,750 14.1% $106,100
28 Guin 2,413 11.9% $88,000
29 Heflin 3,448 14.5% $105,400
30 Henagar 1,987 9.8% $82,800
31 Lipscomb 2,040 7.5% $52,900
32 Greensboro 2,452 15.4% $59,900
33 Elba 3,863 10.2% $99,700
34 Brighton 2,848 18.8% $57,700
35 Powell 1,165 6.7% $82,900
36 Hartford 2,605 12.1% $90,700
37 Carbon Hill 1,490 7.6% $56,300
38 Reform 1,862 15.8% $84,900
39 Hollywood 1,125 5.5% $76,900
40 Dadeville 3,144 10.9% $103,000
41 Cottonwood 1,281 11.7% $77,700
42 Webb 1,420 9.5% $91,000
43 Phil Campbell 1,352 8.4% $62,500
44 Steele 1,050 8.0% $77,800
45 Holt 3,955 8.9% $66,300
46 Midland City 2,044 14.4% $93,600
47 Collinsville 2,126 1.8% $71,500
48 Mount Vernon 1,225 22.1% $88,500
49 Bear Creek 1,185 6.0% $73,600
50 Geneva 4,407 10.4% $98,200
51 Malvern 1,949 3.7% $72,000
52 Fort Deposit 1,575 9.3% $58,900
53 Haleyville 3,999 11.7% $76,700
54 Whitesboro 2,348 16.2% $78,500
55 Bayou La Batre 2,543 1.7% $78,200
56 Bridgeport 2,330 8.5% $68,000
57 Livingston 3,416 19.5% $150,400
58 Red Bay 3,099 7.5% $76,400
59 La Fayette 2,956 6.2% $69,000
60 Jackson 4,913 17.3% $111,800
61 Crossville 2,088 5.8% $104,200
62 East Brewton 3,017 12.5% $83,300
63 Stewartville 1,634 2.8% $45,700
64 Chatom 1,077 10.9% $111,300
65 Piedmont 4,673 8.0% $77,000
66 Cleveland 1,223 4.6% $98,700
67 Town Creek 1,070 10.0% $78,900
68 Centre 3,514 6.7% $95,500
69 Newton 1,643 9.5% $92,700
70 Falkville 1,372 9.6% $85,700
71 Ashland 2,113 10.2% $133,000
72 Stevenson 1,982 9.1% $76,900
73 Sulligent 1,883 6.0% $86,400
74 Hackleburg 1,281 7.7% $76,300
75 Graysville 1,983 13.1% $82,400
76 Rogersville 1,134 11.7% $115,000
77 Ragland 1,896 7.7% $90,400
78 Butler 2,240 9.1% $85,700
79 Mignon 1,211 12.5% $38,400
80 Vincent 2,142 7.5% $86,500
81 Marbury 1,926 16.5% $111,800
82 West Blocton 1,452 11.8% $86,800
83 New Brockton 1,303 11.7% $89,800
84 Dora 2,212 11.5% $95,800
85 Millport 1,087 4.4% $68,200
86 Kinsey 2,264 4.1% $86,700
87 Childersburg 4,991 10.0% $103,200
88 Ladonia 2,923 8.6% $84,300
89 Fayetteville 1,395 0.0% $85,200
90 Harpersville 1,486 9.2% $129,300
91 Luverne 2,769 7.9% $92,200
92 Hanceville 3,297 14.0% $90,900
93 Loxley 1,825 5.3% $149,200
94 Ashville 2,424 5.6% $115,600
95 Abbeville 2,594 6.6% $80,200
96 Douglas 1,202 8.2% $79,600
97 Ardmore 1,490 11.9% $109,600
98 Tallassee 4,970 16.4% $86,900
99 Notasulga 1,037 9.3% $85,700
100 Taylor 2,852 13.1% $87,500

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2019

  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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