Worst Small Towns In Alabama For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020:

  1. Clio
  2. Camp Hill
  3. Frisco City
  4. York (Photos)
  5. Mosses
  6. Cordova
  7. Marion (Photos)
  8. Flomaton
  9. Samson
  10. Hayneville

So what is the worst small town to call home in alabama for 2020? 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 2020

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Population: 1,018
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $39,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (47th worst)
More on Clio:  Data

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Population: 1,101
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $57,300 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (26th worst)
More on Camp Hill:  Data

Source: Public Domain
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Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $72,000 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.4% (8th worst)
More on Frisco City:  Data

York, AL

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Population: 3,078
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $52,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.5% (17th worst)
More on York:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,073
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $52,000 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 26.2% (3rd worst)
More on Mosses:  Data

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Population: 1,927
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $63,300 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.8% (5th worst)
More on Cordova:  Data

Marion, AL

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Population: 3,359
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 34)
Median Home Value: $65,800 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.5% (14th worst)
More on Marion:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,695
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $80,100 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 26.3% (2nd worst)
More on Flomaton:  Data

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Population: 2,086
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $65,200 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.6% (19th worst)
More on Samson:  Data

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Population: 1,028
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $66,400 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.9% (12th worst)
More on Hayneville:  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 2020

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 2014-2018 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.

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. 4,195)
  2. Lake View (Pop. 3,028)
  3. Shoal Creek (Pop. 1,398)

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Alabama

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Clio 1,018 11.1% $39,500
2 Camp Hill 1,101 13.8% $57,300
3 Frisco City 1,459 22.4% $72,000
4 York 3,078 17.5% $52,200
5 Mosses 1,073 26.2% $52,000
6 Cordova 1,927 23.8% $63,300
7 Marion 3,359 18.5% $65,800
8 Flomaton 1,695 26.3% $80,100
9 Samson 2,086 16.6% $65,200
10 Hayneville 1,028 18.9% $66,400
11 Elmore 1,607 10.6% $67,100
12 Georgiana 1,914 16.3% $64,000
13 Brilliant 1,037 7.6% $82,100
14 Cottonwood 1,291 13.9% $80,800
15 Parrish 1,108 18.9% $35,800
16 Clayton 2,900 12.6% $77,500
17 Aliceville 2,408 22.7% $97,100
18 Slocomb 1,953 6.7% $66,900
19 Ashland 1,943 11.3% $97,700
20 Eutaw 2,722 18.0% $85,200
21 Berry 1,400 12.7% $73,000
22 Brundidge 2,295 18.7% $79,300
23 Bear Creek 1,256 10.0% $63,600
24 Vandiver 1,016 7.1% $73,300
25 Unio 1,969 15.8% $55,800
26 Red Bay 3,102 9.9% $82,900
27 Fort Deposit 1,630 10.5% $59,100
28 Steele 1,133 5.0% $75,100
29 Powell 1,089 4.3% $84,200
30 Selmont-West Selmont 2,040 22.7% $54,500
31 Phil Campbell 1,513 8.4% $70,600
32 Blountsville 1,838 13.5% $105,200
33 Carbon Hill 1,402 9.3% $61,900
34 Carrollton 1,056 22.0% $107,700
35 Dadeville 3,115 24.9% $102,800
36 Henagar 2,059 8.4% $83,200
37 Vernon 1,811 13.3% $81,200
38 Greensboro 2,870 21.2% $77,700
39 Heflin 3,449 14.6% $116,200
40 Brighton 2,823 14.4% $50,400
41 Geneva 4,379 11.8% $106,600
42 Collinsville 2,074 1.6% $70,300
43 Evergreen 3,705 13.4% $88,800
44 Elba 3,852 11.8% $84,700
45 Webb 1,453 8.9% $80,700
46 Union Springs 3,596 7.0% $73,800
47 Midland City 2,144 11.6% $96,700
48 Brookside 1,538 13.7% $85,200
49 Goodwater 1,311 7.8% $71,900
50 Holt 4,159 8.7% $66,900
51 Whitesboro 2,352 11.8% $79,500
52 Mount Vernon 1,243 12.8% $82,400
53 Double Springs 1,408 5.4% $89,100
54 Reform 1,907 7.1% $84,200
55 Lipscomb 2,024 6.2% $55,900
56 Bridgeport 2,303 5.6% $67,800
57 Bayou La Batre 2,527 2.2% $74,600
58 Vincent 2,162 9.2% $88,000
59 Florala 1,549 3.9% $82,500
60 La Fayette 2,945 9.0% $81,900
61 Carlisle-Rockledge 2,391 9.4% $105,600
62 Guin 2,561 5.4% $86,300
63 East Brewton 2,963 9.5% $82,400
64 Hartford 2,604 7.6% $95,200
65 Douglas 1,077 9.2% $102,500
66 Ragland 1,899 8.3% $82,900
67 Leighton 1,088 13.2% $67,800
68 Dora 2,200 11.6% $84,100
69 Jackson 4,851 16.0% $118,100
70 Hackleburg 1,341 7.6% $83,300
71 Hollywood 1,088 3.0% $76,300
72 Sulligent 2,083 7.4% $84,700
73 Haleyville 3,996 8.9% $84,000
74 Taylor 2,397 9.5% $89,400
75 Graysville 1,965 17.7% $85,700
76 Malvern 1,773 4.2% $88,700
77 New Brockton 1,127 10.4% $87,600
78 West End-Cobb Town 3,346 8.4% $74,600
79 Centre 3,505 10.2% $115,000
80 Crossville 1,945 4.5% $111,200
81 Cleveland 1,167 2.3% $93,600
82 Childersburg 4,959 8.3% $101,800
83 New Market 1,205 12.4% $121,800
84 Butler 2,136 8.5% $88,600
85 Elberta 1,741 11.1% $116,800
86 Livingston 3,410 10.4% $138,600
87 Piedmont 4,651 8.9% $74,700
88 Warrior 3,209 9.5% $93,400
89 Rogersville 1,177 10.6% $130,800
90 Ashville 2,418 6.0% $113,100
91 Falkville 1,373 9.2% $85,900
92 Adamsville 4,374 11.6% $98,000
93 Hanceville 3,340 10.4% $93,600
94 Linden 2,041 11.0% $87,400
95 Harpersville 1,506 9.2% $143,000
96 Town Creek 1,136 8.9% $91,200
97 Luverne 2,771 3.3% $91,400
98 Newton 1,722 7.6% $92,900
99 Grove Hill 1,573 11.4% $136,900
100 Abbeville 2,582 6.3% $85,400

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6 thoughts on “Worst Small Towns In Alabama, 2020

  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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