Poorest Cities In Alabama For 2020


We used science and data to determine which places in Alabama are basically dead broke.

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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 poorest places in Alabama.

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Alabama brings to mind images of Montgomery, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you'll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Alabama has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Alabama that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 104 places in Alabama with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in Alabama for 2020:

  1. Selma (Photos)
  2. Atmore (Photos)
  3. Talladega (Photos)
  4. Prichard (Photos)
  5. Tuskegee (Photos)
  6. Bessemer (Photos)
  7. Tarrant (Photos)
  8. Anniston (Photos)
  9. Eufaula (Photos)
  10. Monroeville (Photos)

Again, this isn't a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it's just a look at the facts.

What's the poorst city in Alabama? According to the facts, Selma is the poorest place in Alabama for 2020.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in Alabama or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

For more Alabama reading, check out:

The 10 Poorest Cities In Alabama For 2020

Selma, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 18,804
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $24,820 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 41.0% (1st highest)
More on Selma:  Data | Photos

Selma, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Alabama thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 18,804 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Alabama and the 1st highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

Atmore, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 9,746
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9)
Median Income: $25,955 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 32.2% (4th highest)
More on Atmore:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Alabama is Atmore.

The city ranks as having the 4th highest incidence of poverty and 2nd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 1st highest in the Heart of Dixie.

Talladega, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 15,609
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Income: $28,668 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 17.2% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 30.0% (6th highest)
More on Talladega:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Talladega's median income ranks as the 5th lowest.

And that's a sign that there's a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 29.953210094346858% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Heart of Dixie.

Prichard, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 21,927
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $26,291 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.7% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 35.2% (3rd highest)
More on Prichard:  Data | Photos

Prichard ranks as the fourth poorest place in Alabama.

The town ranks as having the 3rd lowest median household income and the 3rd highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there's still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

Tuskegee, AL

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Population: 8,699
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $26,369 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.4% (9th highest)
More on Tuskegee:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Alabama is Tuskegee.

The city ranks as having the 4th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 9th highest in Alabama.

Still not the best news for Tuskegee.

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
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Population: 26,759
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $31,610 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.7% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.1% (13th highest)
More on Bessemer:  Data | Photos

Bessemer ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Heart of Dixie.

It ranks as having the 13th highest incidence of poverty and the 5th highest unemployment rate.

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 6,212
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Income: $29,981 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (21st highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.5% (7th highest)
More on Tarrant:  Data | Photos

Tarrant places as the seventh poorest city in Alabama.

The city of over 6,212 ranks as having the 7th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Anniston, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 21,924
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $33,688 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (13th highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.1% (10th highest)
More on Anniston:  Data | Photos

Anniston ranks as the eighth poorest city in Alabama.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 13th highest in the state.

Eufaula, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,289
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $34,550 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (16th highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.4% (8th highest)
More on Eufaula:  Data | Photos

Eufaula couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in Alabama; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 16th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Eufaula ranks as having the 8th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Alabama.

Monroeville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,011
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 9)
Median Income: $34,250 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 27.0% (17th highest)
More on Monroeville:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Alabama is Monroeville.

The city of 6,011 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Heart of Dixie.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Alabama for 2020

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don't think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "poorest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The "median household income adjusted for the cost of living" attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they'd still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 104 places with more than 5,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 104 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Poor Score" with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Selma, crowned the "Poorest Place In Alabama For 2020". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In Alabama For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Alabama, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Alabama.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the richest cities in Alabama, according to data:

    Richest: Mountain Brook
    2nd Richest: Vestavia Hills
    3rd Richest: Pike Road

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Alabama

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Selma 18,804 41.0%
2 Atmore 9,746 32.2%
3 Talladega 15,609 30.0%
4 Prichard 21,927 35.2%
5 Tuskegee 8,699 29.4%
6 Bessemer 26,759 28.1%
7 Tarrant 6,212 29.5%
8 Anniston 21,924 29.1%
9 Eufaula 12,289 29.4%
10 Monroeville 6,011 27.0%
11 Alexander City 14,621 25.6%
12 Troy 19,141 31.8%
13 Gadsden 35,624 27.6%
14 Birmingham 212,021 27.2%
15 Fairfield 10,790 23.4%
16 Opp 6,520 24.4%
17 Demopolis 6,918 20.1%
18 Jacksonville 12,654 26.3%
19 Chickasaw 5,837 36.9%
20 Greenville 7,714 24.4%
21 Brewton 5,263 27.1%
22 Sylacauga 12,397 24.3%
23 Ozark 14,456 22.3%
24 Center Point 16,460 25.9%
25 Lanett 6,318 22.6%
26 Phenix City 36,641 22.5%
27 Tallassee 5,013 23.7%
28 Rainsville 5,018 25.5%
29 Daleville 5,113 22.5%
30 Andalusia 8,864 18.2%
31 Midfield 5,158 21.1%
32 Bay Minette 9,089 21.6%
33 Fort Payne 14,006 23.3%
34 Montevallo 6,654 20.1%
35 Tuscaloosa 98,881 24.2%
36 Clanton 8,724 21.8%
37 Sheffield 8,986 23.7%
38 Mobile 191,485 22.0%
39 Montgomery 200,156 21.9%
40 Florence 40,104 21.9%
41 Hamilton 6,664 16.6%
42 Auburn 62,996 29.1%
43 Dothan 67,872 19.1%
44 Attalla 5,847 8.7%
45 Albertville 21,460 28.5%
46 Athens 25,176 14.7%
47 Roanoke 5,941 18.0%
48 Pell City 13,593 20.0%
49 Jasper 13,727 19.4%
50 Opelika 29,798 19.4%
51 Russellville 9,711 24.5%
52 Boaz 9,553 20.5%
53 Decatur 54,617 19.6%
54 Valley 9,305 15.4%
55 Guntersville 8,377 18.1%
56 Hueytown 15,583 12.7%
57 Scottsboro 14,527 20.2%
58 Arab 8,234 17.4%
59 Wetumpka 8,117 9.3%
60 Foley 17,818 11.9%
61 Huntsville 193,663 17.7%
62 Cullman 15,558 16.0%
63 Rainbow City 9,581 12.6%
64 Irondale 12,474 17.6%
65 Robertsdale 6,521 20.2%
66 Smiths Station 5,349 10.5%
67 Tuscumbia 8,426 18.1%
68 Oxford 21,208 10.4%
69 Saraland 14,268 10.8%
70 Enterprise 27,859 14.7%
71 Prattville 35,657 15.0%
72 Pinson 7,121 7.6%
73 Northport 25,457 15.8%
74 Satsuma 6,151 11.5%
75 Oneonta 6,575 10.2%
76 Muscle Shoals 13,874 8.5%
77 Lincoln 6,600 10.8%
78 Leeds 12,348 10.6%
79 Gulf Shores 12,033 9.1%
80 Gardendale 13,875 9.4%
81 Millbrook 15,160 11.0%
82 Pleasant Grove 10,185 4.6%
83 Daphne 25,361 11.3%
84 Fultondale 9,097 13.8%
85 Moody 12,752 8.1%
86 Alabaster 32,878 10.5%
87 Orange Beach 5,927 7.3%
88 Fairhope 20,327 6.8%
89 Hartselle 14,405 6.7%
90 Glencoe 5,120 5.5%
91 Clay 9,653 7.0%
92 Homewood 25,595 9.8%
93 Madison 48,275 6.3%
94 Pelham 23,242 5.1%
95 Hoover 84,480 6.7%
96 Calera 13,557 5.2%
97 Southside 8,788 6.9%
98 Spanish Fort 8,324 5.7%
99 Trussville 21,721 5.2%
100 Chelsea 12,643 4.4%

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