These Are The 10 Worst Birmingham Suburbs


We used science and data to determine which Birmingham suburbs are the real pits.

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Birmingham conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Birmingham.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Birmingham ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Birmingham area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Birmingham proper, although Highland Lakes certainly tries.

We examined the 37 biggest suburbs of Birmingham to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Alabama, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Birmingham in terms of quality of life:

  1. Bessemer
  2. Brighton
  3. Tarrant
  4. Graysville
  5. Midfield
  6. Argo
  7. Adamsville
  8. Fairfield
  9. Hueytown
  10. Lipscomb

Read on to see how we determined the places around Birmingham that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.

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How we determined the worst Birmingham ‘burbs

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Birmingham for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Birmingham.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Birmingham to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 37 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. Bessemer

Bessemer, AL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,202
Median Income: $30,369
Median Home Value: $90,500

2. Brighton

Brighton, AL

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,918
Median Income: $22,319
Median Home Value: $61,200

3. Tarrant

Tarrant, AL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,331
Median Income: $26,740
Median Home Value: $69,000

4. Graysville

Graysville, AL

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,091
Median Income: $39,792
Median Home Value: $74,900

5. Midfield

Midfield, AL

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,319
Median Income: $37,935
Median Home Value: $75,900

6. Argo

Argo, AL

Source: wikipedia

Population: 4,127
Median Income: $53,476
Median Home Value: $150,800

7. Adamsville

Adamsville, AL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,472
Median Income: $46,005
Median Home Value: $91,900

8. Fairfield

Fairfield, AL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,039
Median Income: $34,556
Median Home Value: $94,900

9. Hueytown

Hueytown, AL

Source: flickr

Population: 15,956
Median Income: $41,768
Median Home Value: $108,700

10. Lipscomb

Lipscomb, AL

Source: flickr

Population: 2,331
Median Income: $28,631
Median Home Value: $52,800

The areas around Birmingham that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Birmingham with Bessemer landing ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Birmingham aren’t all bad. Highland Lakes takes the cake as the best place to live around Birmingham.

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Worst Birmingham Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Bessemer 1 27,202 $30,369 $90,500
Brighton 2 2,918 $22,319 $61,200
Tarrant 3 6,331 $26,740 $69,000
Graysville 4 2,091 $39,792 $74,900
Midfield 5 5,319 $37,935 $75,900
Argo 6 4,127 $53,476 $150,800
Adamsville 7 4,472 $46,005 $91,900
Fairfield 8 11,039 $34,556 $94,900
Hueytown 9 15,956 $41,768 $108,700
Lipscomb 10 2,331 $28,631 $52,800
Leeds 11 12,063 $50,805 $138,700
Center Point 12 16,876 $38,828 $107,300
Irondale 13 12,399 $48,361 $125,200
Pinson 14 7,141 $60,492 $133,000
Montevallo 15 6,470 $35,444 $157,600
Forestdale 16 10,168 $49,000 $117,500
Fultondale 17 8,593 $50,586 $123,600
Calera 18 12,376 $61,481 $136,000
Grayson Valley 19 5,090 $48,583 $108,700
Pleasant Grove 20 10,230 $64,278 $150,100
Pelham 21 22,106 $68,197 $168,200
Moody 22 12,124 $60,829 $144,400
Alabaster 23 30,978 $70,173 $164,200
Gardendale 24 13,809 $56,852 $160,800
Clay 25 9,699 $67,630 $159,300
Mount Olive CDP (Jefferson County) 26 4,286 $73,443 $166,400
Indian Springs Village 27 2,490 $88,487 $325,500
Helena 28 16,752 $86,018 $177,000
Chelsea 29 11,051 $85,106 $199,400
Hoover 30 82,849 $76,469 $260,700
Trussville 31 20,229 $86,518 $229,600
Meadowbrook 32 8,550 $91,637 $261,500
Brook Highland 33 7,281 $63,615 $332,000
Homewood 34 25,420 $62,431 $286,300
Mountain Brook 35 20,484 $130,259 $558,900
Vestavia Hills 36 34,061 $81,352 $339,000
Highland Lakes 37 4,679 $124,077 $403,800

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