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:
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.
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.
Population: 27,202Median Income: $30,369
Median Home Value: $90,500
Population: 2,918Median Income: $22,319
Median Home Value: $61,200
Population: 6,331Median Income: $26,740
Median Home Value: $69,000
Population: 2,091Median Income: $39,792
Median Home Value: $74,900
Population: 5,319Median Income: $37,935
Median Home Value: $75,900
Population: 4,127Median Income: $53,476
Median Home Value: $150,800
Population: 4,472Median Income: $46,005
Median Home Value: $91,900
Population: 11,039Median Income: $34,556
Median Home Value: $94,900
Population: 15,956Median Income: $41,768
Median Home Value: $108,700
Population: 2,331Median 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
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|Indian Springs Village||27|