These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Alabama


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

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Alabama brings to mind images of the beautiful landscapes and some of the best people in the country.

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 sights on bringing attention to the places in Alabama that could use a helping hand.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 220 places in Alabama with more than 2,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Heart of Dixie:

  1. Evergreen
  2. Unio
  3. Livingston
  4. Selmont-West Selmont
  5. Aliceville
  6. Samson
  7. Selma
  8. Prichard
  9. York
  10. Atmore

To be clear, 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 and status of the economy.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the richest place in Alabama? That would be Mountain Brook.

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How We Determined The Poorest Places In Alabama

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of 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 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income (Lower is poorer)
  • Unemployment Rate (Higher is poorer)

Median household income is more a digestible way to understand how poor a place really is. While 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 220 places with more than 2,000 people in Alabama, we ranked each place from 1 to 220 for each of the criteria with 1 being the most poor.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “poor score” with the place having the lowest overall poor score, Evergreen, being named the “Poorest Place In Alabama”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 220 places.

1. Evergreen

Evergreen, Alabama

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,864
Poverty Level: 51.3%
Unemployment Rate: 39.7%

2. Unio

Unio, Alabama

Source: flickr

Population: 2,982
Poverty Level: 42.9%
Unemployment Rate: 28.3%

3. Livingston

Livingston, Alabama

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,465
Poverty Level: 57.2%
Unemployment Rate: 23.5%

4. Selmont-West Selmont

Selmont-West Selmont, Alabama

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,887
Poverty Level: 41.2%
Unemployment Rate: 31.4%

5. Aliceville

Aliceville, Alabama

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,892
Poverty Level: 39.0%
Unemployment Rate: 35.9%

6. Samson

Samson, Alabama

Source: flickr

Population: 2,134
Poverty Level: 40.9%
Unemployment Rate: 23.2%

7. Selma

Selma, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia.

Population: 20,276
Poverty Level: 39.3%
Unemployment Rate: 23.6%

8. Prichard

Prichard, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,475
Poverty Level: 37.3%
Unemployment Rate: 20.9%

9. York

York, Alabama

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,803
Poverty Level: 35.7%
Unemployment Rate: 18.6%

10. Atmore

Atmore, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,096
Poverty Level: 30.4%
Unemployment Rate: 18.1%

There You Have It – The Poorest Places In Alabama

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Alabama we weren’t trying to comment on the quality of the people in the area, only the statistics. But when you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being on he bottom of the income ladder.

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

Richest: Mountain Brook
2nd Richest: Emerald Mountain
3rd Richest: Lake View
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Detailed List Of Poorest Places In Alabama

City Rank Population Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Evergreen 1 3,864 51.3% 39.7%
Unio 2 2,982 42.9% 28.3%
Livingston 3 3,465 57.2% 23.5%
Selmont-West Selmont 4 2,887 41.2% 31.4%
Aliceville 5 3,892 39.0% 35.9%
Samson 6 2,134 40.9% 23.2%
Selma 7 20,276 39.3% 23.6%
Prichard 8 22,475 37.3% 20.9%
York 9 2,803 35.7% 18.6%
Atmore 10 10,096 30.4% 18.1%
Brighton 11 2,918 25.5% 23.6%
Hartford 12 2,642 30.0% 17.5%
Tuskegee 13 9,435 27.8% 22.5%
Camden 14 2,770 33.2% 16.1%
East Brewton 15 2,552 31.6% 15.9%
Tarrant 16 6,331 30.7% 16.6%
Greensboro 17 2,448 29.0% 16.6%
Haleyville 18 4,102 26.0% 18.4%
Eutaw 19 2,856 24.8% 26.0%
Lanett 20 6,455 29.0% 16.1%
Childersburg 21 5,117 27.5% 19.2%
Geneva 22 4,465 29.3% 17.8%
Monroeville 23 6,343 31.2% 22.2%
Abbeville 24 2,654 26.4% 16.6%
Jackson 25 5,116 28.6% 16.2%
Clayton 26 2,971 23.1% 16.4%
Lipscomb 27 2,331 25.5% 17.3%
Talladega 28 16,034 23.5% 22.0%
Anniston 29 22,749 28.9% 16.3%
Guin 30 2,104 32.7% 11.5%
Brundidge 31 2,007 23.6% 14.1%
Gadsden 32 36,621 27.3% 13.2%
Bessemer 33 27,202 28.2% 14.2%
Carbon Hill 34 2,030 30.4% 12.6%
Russellville 35 9,836 30.1% 12.4%
Ladonia 36 2,947 27.0% 13.6%
Birmingham 37 211,705 27.7% 14.5%
Reform 38 2,044 27.0% 10.4%
Midland City 39 2,311 26.0% 15.9%
Chickasaw 40 6,026 31.5% 12.3%
Elba 41 3,935 26.9% 11.9%
Holt 42 3,812 32.0% 14.6%
Sylacauga 43 12,786 29.1% 13.6%
Jacksonville 44 12,416 37.2% 16.6%
Vernon 45 2,185 25.1% 12.5%
Fayette 46 4,562 25.6% 11.0%
Dadeville 47 3,203 22.3% 14.2%
Linden 48 2,133 28.3% 9.9%
Attalla 49 5,995 22.3% 16.4%
Troy 50 18,636 34.8% 10.3%
La Fayette 51 2,993 25.3% 10.1%
Graysville 52 2,091 23.7% 24.9%
Alexander City 53 14,815 25.5% 11.1%
Opp 54 6,675 24.6% 13.1%
Union Springs 55 3,903 18.8% 17.3%
Brewton 56 5,426 21.1% 12.9%
Andalusia 57 9,048 24.0% 11.9%
Columbiana 58 4,198 25.1% 12.6%
Bay Minette 59 8,682 26.2% 9.7%
Demopolis 60 7,323 27.7% 10.2%
Greenville 61 7,974 19.4% 12.4%
Fairfield 62 11,039 20.7% 14.4%
Montevallo 63 6,470 26.0% 11.4%
Piedmont 64 4,811 24.3% 9.7%
Stevenson 65 2,739 30.9% 10.3%
Florala 66 2,210 26.4% 6.5%
Red Bay 67 3,143 23.9% 8.9%
Marion 68 3,587 29.8% 7.0%
West End-Cobb Town 69 3,821 16.8% 14.3%
Butler 70 2,280 20.2% 11.4%
Carlisle-Rockledge 71 2,745 17.8% 18.1%
Roanoke 72 6,013 24.4% 9.6%
Daleville 73 5,233 27.7% 12.4%
Hanceville 74 3,163 23.0% 8.8%
Crossville 75 2,201 34.3% 3.2%
Bayou La Batre 76 2,661 25.0% 8.3%
Fort Payne 77 14,115 20.2% 12.1%
Auburn 78 56,986 37.3% 8.2%
Ashville 79 2,225 23.7% 11.0%
Heflin 80 3,497 16.3% 11.5%
Sheffield 81 9,067 23.9% 9.8%
Eufaula 82 12,897 16.8% 15.7%
Boaz 83 9,781 18.6% 11.6%
Hamilton 84 6,842 19.2% 10.1%
Odenville 85 3,641 20.9% 17.9%
Phenix City 86 35,753 20.3% 11.5%
Mobile 87 194,942 21.2% 12.0%
Gulf Shores 88 10,523 20.3% 16.4%
Guntersville 89 8,316 19.0% 12.5%
Florence 90 39,738 26.4% 8.2%
Ashland 91 2,494 23.2% 4.7%
Moulton 92 3,413 19.8% 8.2%
Bridgeport 93 2,416 22.0% 9.6%
Jemison 94 2,628 22.3% 11.9%
Midfield 95 5,319 18.4% 12.3%
Thomasville 96 4,136 16.1% 10.3%
Jasper 97 14,247 20.7% 11.7%
Tuscaloosa 98 93,325 25.4% 8.8%
Henagar 99 2,308 16.0% 9.1%
Luverne 100 2,818 21.7% 7.5%
Pell City 101 13,128 19.7% 12.2%
Tuscumbia 102 8,565 15.0% 11.5%
Hazel Green 103 3,272 19.4% 12.7%
Lineville 104 2,597 18.0% 7.3%
Saks 105 10,445 16.7% 13.6%
Wilsonville 106 2,112 18.7% 11.5%
Scottsboro 107 14,779 15.9% 10.4%
Dora 108 2,253 17.7% 13.4%
Ozark 109 14,835 19.2% 9.8%
Adamsville 110 4,472 17.2% 13.8%
Clanton 111 8,672 17.0% 11.0%
Center Point 112 16,876 18.7% 10.0%
Valley 113 9,456 17.9% 9.4%
Winfield 114 4,300 15.7% 11.3%
Semmes 115 3,059 19.0% 7.3%
Foley 116 15,428 16.2% 12.7%
Centreville 117 2,727 24.8% 0.6%
Tallassee 118 5,011 14.7% 10.3%
Brent 119 4,911 16.3% 8.5%
Montgomery 120 204,095 21.5% 9.3%
Warrior 121 3,191 13.7% 11.0%
Oneonta 122 6,623 16.2% 9.0%
Theodore 123 6,051 10.5% 14.4%
Glencoe 124 5,137 13.5% 15.7%
Centre 125 3,555 15.3% 6.3%
Albertville 126 21,363 20.5% 6.0%
Cullman 127 14,933 20.7% 6.7%
Huguley 128 2,449 13.2% 9.4%
Taylor 129 2,995 18.7% 9.1%
Decatur 130 55,641 16.1% 10.4%
Opelika 131 27,956 21.1% 6.8%
Irondale 132 12,399 19.2% 9.9%
Tillmans Corner 133 19,105 17.4% 10.3%
Loxley 134 2,170 18.3% 8.7%
Underwood-Petersville 135 3,139 19.9% 6.3%
Huntsville 136 184,132 16.7% 10.9%
Kinsey 137 2,246 14.1% 7.2%
New Hope 138 2,813 13.8% 10.7%
Sumiton 139 2,544 15.2% 10.3%
Wetumpka 140 7,136 14.0% 11.3%
Dothan 141 67,574 17.1% 8.6%
Arab 142 8,241 13.1% 10.0%
Oxford 143 21,250 11.1% 13.1%
Weaver 144 3,072 13.1% 10.0%
Fort Rucker 145 4,860 6.0% 20.5%
Headland 146 4,637 9.2% 14.4%
Rainbow City 147 9,623 15.6% 9.6%
Rainsville 148 4,984 11.3% 9.4%
Forestdale 149 10,168 11.8% 11.0%
Thorsby 150 2,039 16.3% 8.4%
Grand Bay 151 3,632 15.0% 10.0%
Hartselle 152 14,393 8.7% 13.5%
Moores Mill 153 5,819 9.6% 14.9%
Athens 154 23,335 13.4% 9.9%
Citronelle 155 3,892 13.7% 9.9%
Hueytown 156 15,956 10.7% 8.8%
Lincoln 157 6,321 14.5% 9.1%
Moundville 158 2,417 17.7% 6.5%
Leeds 159 12,063 15.4% 8.5%
Ashford 160 2,273 13.9% 5.3%
Holtville 161 4,466 11.5% 9.0%
Alexandria 162 3,947 8.5% 10.7%
Cottondale 163 3,480 9.0% 7.7%
Enterprise 164 27,375 15.8% 7.2%
Saraland 165 13,657 11.0% 9.4%
Smiths Station 166 5,095 9.9% 7.6%
Argo 167 4,127 10.4% 8.7%
Robertsdale 168 5,556 10.7% 6.9%
Orange Beach 169 5,629 9.5% 9.3%
Good Hope 170 2,295 12.2% 6.0%
Muscle Shoals 171 13,380 11.6% 6.9%
Margaret 172 4,475 11.4% 8.7%
Level Plains 173 2,020 7.4% 10.0%
Choccolocco 174 2,443 10.3% 8.0%
Northport 175 24,092 12.0% 6.8%
Meridianville 176 6,073 13.8% 7.4%
Kimberly 177 2,767 8.5% 9.8%
Prattville 178 34,349 10.2% 7.3%
Trinity 179 2,257 7.8% 9.2%
Daphne 180 22,983 9.6% 7.8%
Point Clear 181 2,388 9.9% 4.2%
Fairhope 182 16,661 11.5% 5.9%
Fultondale 183 8,593 12.7% 3.2%
Pinson 184 7,141 5.1% 8.6%
Homewood 185 25,420 13.3% 4.4%
Grayson Valley 186 5,090 8.1% 4.6%
Valley Grande 187 3,951 9.0% 5.7%
Brook Highland 188 7,281 11.8% 4.8%
Calera 189 12,376 5.6% 7.6%
Smoke Rise 190 2,277 5.6% 8.3%
Moody 191 12,124 9.7% 5.1%
Alabaster 192 30,978 9.4% 5.6%
Millbrook 193 14,858 7.4% 5.6%
Southside 194 8,432 6.1% 6.7%
Satsuma 195 6,145 6.7% 5.5%
Pleasant Grove 196 10,230 5.5% 6.8%
Redland 197 4,571 7.8% 5.7%
Mount Olive CDP (Jefferson County) 198 4,286 10.1% 4.5%
Clay 199 9,699 3.9% 7.2%
Madison 200 44,866 5.9% 7.3%
Pelham 201 22,106 5.2% 6.5%
Springville 202 4,140 8.4% 5.3%
Indian Springs Village 203 2,490 6.0% 6.7%
Hoover 204 82,849 5.9% 5.7%
Pine Level 205 4,002 6.0% 4.0%
Hokes Bluff 206 4,313 4.9% 2.6%
Gardendale 207 13,809 6.0% 4.0%
Priceville 208 2,848 2.2% 6.9%
Harvest 209 5,213 3.4% 5.4%
Meadowbrook 210 8,550 7.6% 4.2%
Spanish Fort 211 7,357 7.2% 3.4%
Helena 212 16,752 2.6% 5.7%
Trussville 213 20,229 3.6% 5.5%
Vestavia Hills 214 34,061 5.6% 3.6%
Highland Lakes 215 4,679 3.3% 4.8%
Chelsea 216 11,051 5.4% 2.6%
Pike Road 217 6,605 2.8% 3.8%
Lake View 218 2,143 2.1% 3.0%
Emerald Mountain 219 2,316 2.5% 3.0%
Mountain Brook 220 20,484 2.5% 2.2%
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