These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama For 2019


Here are the places in the Heart Of Dixie that are the real 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Alabama.

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People from Alabama are really passionate about being from Alabama. As a state, Alabama doesn’t necessarily get a lot of media attention, but it’s also a quiet gem, tucked away in the deep south.

This article isn’t a knock on Alabama, it’s just a scientific analysis on where the worst places to live there are. Of course, there are a lot of awesome places to live in Alabama. This is, though, isn’t that. It’s the opposite.

It’s the places you don’t want to live in.

After analyzing 99 of the largest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Alabama:

  1. Prichard (Photos)
  2. Bessemer (Photos)
  3. Anniston (Photos)
  4. Tarrant (Photos)
  5. Gadsden (Photos)
  6. Talladega (Photos)
  7. Atmore (Photos)
  8. Chickasaw (Photos)
  9. Lanett (Photos)
  10. Opp

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Alabama? That would be Prichard.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

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

For more Alabama reading, check out:

How we determined the worst places to live in Alabama for 2019

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 don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 99 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 99 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Alabama — Prichard. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Alabama.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Prichard, AL

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Population: 22,063
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $67,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (7th worst)
More on Prichard:  Data | Photos

Prichard, a Mobile suburb, has the 2nd lowest income in Alabama. The unemployment rate here is almost higher than in any other place in Alabama, and nearly 1 in 5 homes is vacant.

Additionally, Prichard is currently going through bankruptcy proceedings, and has seen its population cut in half over the last 20 years.

Bessemer, AL

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Population: 26,697
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $84,000 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.9% (11th worst)
More on Bessemer:  Data | Photos

The city of Bessemer, a Birmingham suburb, has tried to rebound from a loss of manufacturing and railroad jobs, but its population has shrunk nearly 20% in the last 20 years.

The hometown for NFL quarterback Jameis Winston has very bad crime (5th worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 13.9%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.

Anniston, AL

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Population: 22,097
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $95,700 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.7% (12th worst)
More on Anniston:  Data | Photos

Anniston is out in an area on its own, about an hour drive east of Birmingham. In 2002, it was determined by 60 Minutes that Anniston was one of the highest-contaminated cities in the country.

Crime is bad here, houses are vacant, and the unemployment rate is nearly 1 in 7.3. As several residents of Anniston said on City-Data, don’t move there.

Tarrant, AL

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Population: 6,238
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $76,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (34th worst)
More on Tarrant:  Data | Photos

Tarrant is just a tiny place in the middle of nowhere where people have a hard time making ends meet. Folks here earn barely more than $27,357 a year, which is barely over the poverty line. And for Alabama, a 8.3% unemployment rate is really high.

Crime is also the 20th highest in Alabama here. Meaning people need to stop breaking into homes and start looking for jobs.

Gadsden, AL

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Population: 35,832
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $68,800 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (27th worst)
More on Gadsden:  Data | Photos

Gadsden, about an hour north of Birmingham, takes the honor of being the worst place in Alabama, at least on paper. Crime is almost highest here than anywhere else in the state. And with an unemployment rate of more than 8%, and considering the fact that 1 in 5 houses are vacant, things aren’t looking up there.

Additionally, Gadsden residents have a very low household income level, and student spending is almost dead last in the state (schools spend, on average, a measly $8,500 per student, per year).

Things have changed here. Way back in 1991, Gadsden was awarded the honor of being called an “All-American City.”

Talladega, AL

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Population: 15,747
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $84,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.9% (5th worst)
More on Talladega:  Data | Photos

Eric Church recently released a song praising Talladega as being a fun place for boyhood memories (not sure if he actually spent time there or not). Nowadays, Talladega is a fairly dangerous place, statistically, with a household income much lower than the state average.

Like other places on this list, Talladega has failed to adjust to a new economy, as the population and overall economic output has shrunk in the last 30 years.

Atmore, AL

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Population: 9,969
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $99,100 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.7% (2nd worst)
More on Atmore:  Data | Photos

Atmore, a Mobile suburb, is the smallest city on our entire list. As Alan Jackson says, “It’s alright to be itty bitty”, but when you have a high unemployment rate, 1 in 6 houses are vacant, and household incomes are far below the state average, it’s not the first place you might want to move to.

On the bright side, Atmore has more sunny days a year than almost any other place in Alabama. And former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was born there, so they have that going for them.

Chickasaw, AL

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Population: 5,889
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $79,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (26th worst)
More on Chickasaw:  Data | Photos

Chickasaw ranks as the 8th-worst place in Alabama due to a variety of factors, placing in the bottom third for unemployment, median income, and crime.

On top of that, residents have the 40th-worst commute of any place in the state.

Lanett, AL

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Population: 6,341
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $97,100 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (22nd worst)
More on Lanett:  Data | Photos

You might have passed through Lanett once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Lanett needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 10.9%, residents earn about $31,925 a year, and home prices are just over $97,100. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Lanett.

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Population: 6,580
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $89,400 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.1% (10th worst)
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While numbers in Alabama are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Alabama cities against one another, you see big differences.

Home values in Opp average $89,400, which is the 15th lowest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Opp.

Plus, 26.4% of the population here lives below the poverty line.

Plus, the crime rate is the 84th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Opp city limits, you have a 1 in 47.0 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Alabama

If you’re looking at areas in Alabama with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Prichard ranks as the worst city to live in Alabama for 2019.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Alabama:

  1. Madison (Pop. 47,079)
  2. Hoover (Pop. 84,150)
  3. Vestavia Hills (Pop. 34,003)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Alabama

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Prichard 22,063 16.0% $67,400
2 Bessemer 26,697 13.9% $84,000
3 Anniston 22,097 13.7% $95,700
4 Tarrant 6,238 8.3% $76,500
5 Gadsden 35,832 9.6% $68,800
6 Talladega 15,747 17.9% $84,500
7 Atmore 9,969 19.7% $99,100
8 Chickasaw 5,889 10.5% $79,200
9 Lanett 6,341 10.9% $97,100
10 Opp 6,580 14.1% $89,400
11 Birmingham 212,265 10.7% $86,900
12 Center Point 16,564 13.4% $98,200
13 Tuskegee 8,852 18.6% $74,400
14 Clanton 8,701 7.8% $110,700
15 Monroeville 6,072 23.9% $108,400
16 Roanoke 5,925 4.4% $79,300
17 Eufaula 12,467 14.2% $120,600
18 Ozark 14,546 12.8% $106,600
19 Midfield 5,174 8.8% $78,600
20 Selma 19,176 18.1% $89,100
21 Sylacauga 12,492 11.4% $117,800
22 Attalla 5,884 14.5% $78,000
23 Brewton 5,279 8.7% $108,000
24 Greenville 7,766 6.8% $111,900
25 Andalusia 8,918 11.1% $110,400
26 Russellville 9,715 6.6% $101,800
27 Fairfield 10,850 12.3% $96,100
28 Daleville 5,138 16.2% $96,300
29 Troy 19,010 8.7% $147,600
30 Mobile 192,085 7.9% $120,800
31 Valley 9,331 5.8% $84,600
32 Bay Minette 8,990 5.0% $121,400
33 Sheffield 9,007 6.9% $87,700
34 Scottsboro 14,584 7.1% $130,500
35 Guntersville 8,333 7.5% $175,500
36 Demopolis 6,999 12.0% $115,500
37 Boaz 9,580 6.1% $111,400
38 Jasper 13,854 7.3% $138,200
39 Hamilton 6,718 5.0% $97,700
40 Fort Payne 14,017 6.8% $126,100
41 Arab 8,200 7.5% $143,800
42 Pinson 7,563 8.6% $131,700
43 Lincoln 6,544 5.3% $120,800
44 Wetumpka 7,799 13.3% $132,100
45 Montevallo 6,626 10.8% $159,400
46 Robertsdale 5,853 2.2% $125,100
47 Glencoe 5,116 10.9% $133,000
48 Rainsville 5,012 6.9% $116,400
49 Albertville 21,342 3.1% $114,700
50 Jacksonville 12,731 13.1% $147,200
51 Hueytown 15,698 7.0% $111,900
52 Montgomery 200,761 7.9% $118,000
53 Decatur 54,844 6.2% $130,600
54 Oneonta 6,585 3.9% $151,400
55 Dothan 67,784 8.1% $143,800
56 Irondale 12,453 5.9% $130,200
57 Athens 24,735 8.8% $143,800
58 Saraland 14,026 6.6% $136,200
59 Florence 39,824 6.4% $126,600
60 Opelika 29,372 6.3% $151,400
61 Oxford 21,231 8.4% $134,100
62 Smiths Station 5,311 6.0% $131,600
63 Gulf Shores 11,358 7.9% $251,100
64 Gardendale 13,799 5.5% $157,300
65 Foley 17,315 10.5% $161,200
66 Cullman 15,111 5.8% $140,700
67 Fultondale 9,012 4.4% $133,900
68 Huntsville 190,501 7.3% $169,900
69 Leeds 11,847 5.7% $153,500
70 Tuscumbia 8,452 5.2% $107,300
71 Tuscaloosa 97,373 8.2% $172,000
72 Clay 9,685 4.4% $153,000
73 Trussville 21,145 2.7% $235,700
74 Calera 13,216 2.2% $141,000
75 Muscle Shoals 13,701 4.8% $139,600
76 Spanish Fort 8,017 2.8% $259,200
77 Prattville 35,286 6.2% $157,900
78 Moody 12,585 3.9% $151,800
79 Orange Beach 5,826 5.8% $256,600
80 Auburn 61,462 5.3% $236,200
81 Chelsea 12,199 3.7% $221,900
82 Pike Road 8,417 4.1% $261,300
83 Enterprise 27,776 5.9% $171,900
84 Alabaster 32,567 4.4% $167,800
85 Millbrook 14,994 3.6% $145,700
86 Satsuma 6,145 6.4% $153,300
87 Pelham 22,941 4.7% $175,300
88 Hartselle 14,395 5.0% $135,100
89 Homewood 25,678 3.1% $319,300
90 Pleasant Grove 10,224 6.8% $151,000
91 Northport 24,708 5.0% $164,100
92 Daphne 24,685 4.8% $189,700
93 Southside 8,679 1.7% $158,900
94 Fairhope 19,561 3.9% $239,000
95 Mountain Brook 20,438 2.5% $578,100
96 Helena 17,928 2.7% $186,900
97 Madison 47,079 5.1% $239,400
98 Hoover 84,150 4.2% $271,600
99 Vestavia Hills 34,003 2.7% $360,800

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60 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Alabama For 2019

  1. Do you actually set foot in the places you slice and dice? I doubt it. So you just spill stats and show the worst photos you can find? Judging by the hatchet job on Talladega,Al., you certainly don’t do your homework.

  2. What about other places? Sure, if you take a picture of the worst spot in the whole town its sure to look like the worst place too.
    Google “pictures of Gadsden” and there are amazing pictures of the scenery around here. Get real. If youre gonna take a picture of the town do it right.

    1. I’ve only lived here a year, from California and I enjoy Gadsden. The High School is great , I’m not worried about my Son here. Does it need a little work, yes but every city does.

    2. You have to admit Gadsden is a pretty crappy place to live since the steel plant shut down. Yes there is “pretty scenery” but that is all they take care of. The city’s bottom line is what are the people driving through going to see, the rest of it can rot or turn to ghetto for all they care.

  3. Clearly you haven’t double checked your data. Eufaula is not an hour from Birmingham and learn how to spell the city name. Eufaula has plenty to do for the outdoorsman and is a great place to grow up.

  4. i don’t know who gathered this information, but they need to get some facts straight. Look at a map, Atmore is not a suburb of Mobile!!!!! Atmore is an hour from Mobile!!!!!!!!!

    1. I agree w/ your comment. Atmore is at least 60 miles from Mobile. Therefore it is not a suburb of Mobile. Where did they find that picture….a desolate farm road in the country ?

      1. It looks to me like the pictures came from a street view of a map website, such as googlemaps or mapquest. I don’t think the author actually went to any of these cities, just went off of statistics. I, for one, HAVE been to almost all of them and they are NOT as bad as they seem on paper. Plus the pictures are all of backstreets in the older downtown areas.

      2. it’s East Ridgeley. An abandoned road which no one ever drives down….at all. This guy is insane, and just wanted to do a hatchet job on cities he’d never even been near.

  5. I don’t know who all compiled this list, but there are so many errors I hope no one takes it as fact. I’m from Eufaula and while it’s not for everyone, it’s a beautiful place to live. The article misspells Eufaula several times and states it is an hour from Birmingham. They must have just “flew” in for a visit.

  6. Mr. Johnson,

    I totally disagree with you analyzing of Mobile. I am originally from Terre Haute , Indiana and have been in Mobile for 25 years I now call Mobile home. I live in the midtown / historic district and it is full of culture, history, museums, bus tours. The residents in Mobile are very friendly and welcoming and a great downtown entertainment district. I see you have place new small pop up town’s in your top 5. When I visit those area I have no idea where to go or what to do so. why go there.
    Mobile is a growing city and if you would look at crime statistics for the same size as Mobile you will find the crime rate percentage is gonna be about the same…. more than a small new town……Mobile is a city and your top 5 best places to live are TOWN’S a big difference.
    I will say I think it’s sad Mobile gets a bad rap being so close to Prichard, AL but Mobile alone is the most beautiful, historically best CITY in Alabama to live and visit.

  7. Not buying this survey. Fort Payne is a beautiful place and why Cullman did not make list as one of best places to live I don’t know. The places they listed as best also has high crime rates.

  8. I would invite you to visit these towns and then decide if your list is accurate. Fort Payne City Schools were one of the first schools with a Prometheum Board, if not the first, in the State and have a lot of excellent programs that other schools their size only dream of. It is also one of the most beautiful places in the State. No, there aren’t a lot of bars, etc., but if you enjoy the outdoors there is a ton of things to do. Fort Payne and DeKalb County are home to DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon, Buck’s Pocket, DeSoto Falls and many other places that are great for camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, etc. Funny that MANY other lists I have seen have it as one of the most beautiful places in the State and even one of the most beautiful and best places to live in the country.

  9. Fort Payne?? ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT! This is the good restaurant capital of Northeast Bama! On top of THAT it is within an hour of Bham, Chatt and Huntsville! Total rubbish!

  10. This is a bunch of horse shit. I’ve lived in Atmore almost my whole life and it is not that bad. And it is not a suburb of Mobile. It’s a freaking hour from Mobile. Whoever did this needs to do their research

    1. I was going to say the same thing. These want-a-be journalists drive thru Alabama and think they are experts on the state. Bay Minette isn’t even a suburb of Mobile and it is 15 miles closer to Mobile.

  11. Do you not like to provide links to other lists that may be more credible than yours? (Editor’s note — We don’t allow links in comments.)

    Also, do you ever think of the damage you may be doing to the towns on any of these lists that you put together as far as their ability to recruit new business or other things that would stimulate their economy. I’m sure many of the towns on your various lists in different states are working hard to improve their situations while you sit in front of your computer in North Carolina with no true knowledge about the towns you are bashing.

  12. It was rather disheartening to see my hometown, Eufaula, on this list. However, due to the description, I’m a little uncertain about if you, the author, were actually refering to Eufaula. You are absolutely correct about the lack of “things to do”; however, I can’t imagine why that should be a primary reason to place this gem on this list, especially when we have an exceptional educational system and many local, less commercialized activities, programs and organizations available. Please review your resources. The picture used does NOT look like South Randolph AND we are NOT located an hour from Birmingham! As a former resident of Birmingham who just relocated back home two years ago, I can assure you that the drive is roughly 3-1/2 hours. We are roughly 45 minutes SOUTH of Phenix City and Columbus, Georgia and an hour NORTH of Dothan. As I do understand that we have all been alloted the freedom of speech and the flexibility to express our personal opinions, we shouldn’t abuse those rights by writing and publishing falsehoods. Again, PLEASE double-check your sources.

    1. The pic is taken from Google Earth, looking north in the south bound lane of South Randolph in front of Baker furniture across the street from First Baptist. Eufaula does starve for overall entertainment and unemployment is high but a much better place than this writer is familiar with. Take it for what it’s worth, they can’t even research enough to spell Youfalla correctly! 🙂

  13. Who are you making this list for? From the comments I’ve seen very few people agree with your list. Talking down someones hometown is not a good idea. How about doing something worthwhile. No one is buying your propaganda. If you really want a true list, start it off with Birmingham. Why does people try to cover for Birmingham. High crime. Black on Black crime is through the roof. City is all but bankrupt. Worse political leadership ever. Traffic is a nightmare. No one from the city should be allowed to drive. Schools are horrible. Next time you do a survey try actually getting it right.

    1. I think Birmingham has the highest crime rate in Alabama! My hometown Southside on the outskirts of Gadsden & next to Rainbow city is my choice of the best city to live in.

  14. “This is, though, isn’t that.” You’ve an extra “is” in there that made it past the editing. I generally agree with the content. I like the ranking, but a little more discussion on the weighting of the statistics and the rationale for using those stats would have been interesting.

  15. Gadsden – is a city full of possibilities. But they have too few serious investments from outside sources. Road and rail – Gadsden is in a perfect situation with highways and rail – and it is under utilized. Interstate 59 runs north and south with easy access to I 20 – east and west. There is a massive rail system in West Gadsden that was utilized when we made steel. Changes in attitudes and altitudes. Believe it or not – folks want to have fun. A long time ago an investor planned on building a waterpark utilizing Noccalula Moutains changes in elevations. A mega Water Park would generate tons of taxable revenue and jobs. And what are the support groups for a large attractions – hotels – dinning – shopping – and oh you get the idea!

    I grew up there – and was visiting just yesterday. It does make me sad to know that the older people don’t want traffic and fuss. It’s understandable – I wouldn’t want it in my 60s or 70s. That seems to me the major thing holding them back.

  16. Mr. Johnson, it would serve you well to visit Eufaula, AL before judging it based soley on the criteria of which was chosen to defile it!
    Eufaula, AL is one of the most historical and beautiful towns in America. I can assure, Eufaula offers much more positives than what your criteria offered.
    Matter-of-fact, you should visit. You just might be pleasantly surprised with the wealth of the good southern hospitality by which you would be greeted. It would seem, based on the criteria, you just might benefit from it.
    Shame on you and your criteria!

  17. Personally, I absolutely love Alabama! These small towns are why I love Alabama! Wouldn’t have raised my children any where else! Don’t give a rat’s behind what this author or anyone else thinks about it! You can keep your ,so called, progress of the bigger cities! If you don’t like where you live, simple, move! Sell your property, or whatever other excuse you may have, and go be happy! We won’t mind!

  18. If you are trying to decide if a place is lousy or not, do not use this article as a guide. It’s criteria is highly flawed and rather than a scientific analysis, is merely opinion based upon questionable logic. To use the term “scientific analysis” is a stretch at the very least. Possibly, if it were an article written for a 7th or 8th grade school assignment that term could be used, but not here.

    There are parts of the criteria ( crime rate, unemployment, and income) that make perfect sense in determining the quality of life in a given community. Another would be quality of education, but that is not part of their criteria. They use expenditures per student. This measure in no way indicates quality of education. In fact, those school districts that have the highest e.p.s. often produce the lowest results.

    Now for the rest of the criteria. Since when is a lower population density a bad thing. That is an opinion, not a fact and has no place in “scientific analysis”. Commute time? Commute time to where? Most people commute because they don’t want to live in the high population density area in which they work. Finally, worst weather? If your comparing weather in Alabama to say Idaho or even Kentucky, that would apply. Comparing weather in communities that are only miles apart makes absolutely no sense.

    This article, with out a doubt, rates as the worst and poorest executed article on the worst places to live in Alabama.

  19. Home is where the heart is. If a cow turd was ur home and someone said anything negative about ur stinky cow turd, you’d be offended, that’s human nature. Love is blind and that includes the love of ones hometown. So say what you want about my cow turd, good or bad, I’m use to the smell. Hometowns don’t make the individual, the individual does. So Sweet Home Alabama or wherever you call home

  20. I agree with gadsden being the worst its not so much the crimeits the cops harrasment on out of state tags. Then you have the city councel that has been taken over by people from up north historical places have been destroyed..then cops are running any bussiness out of town city council don’t like there trying gto makeit a retirment community. And run out familys that have been in gadsden since the very beginning of gadsden my grandfather was founder of baptist assoc for state of ala and owned most of soutth gadsden dureing the great depression well banks froze peoples money so he sold most all of it off except the bikg farm house and 2 rent houses the money he received he built a church in south gadsden and chipped in on a nurseing home well in 1970s the state came in forced grandmother out of her home to build a hwy there they handed her ten thousand dollars and evicted her off our land even back then the property barnhuge green houseand huge home with a smaller rent house beside it was worth 250.000.00. My suggeston is don’t move there if state decides they want your land they will take it and you will loose all the money you invested

    1. Spelling and grammar are not your strong suite. Yes, you’ll make a fine mayor. You can be the mayor of Goofy Land, where spelling and grammar are silly things that people don’t concern themselves with.

  21. I moved from gadsden long ago it sickens me the things I c when I go to visit relitives there like I say my family was one of the first settlers there most commenting here on gadsden I’ve noticed arnt from original founding settlers if I ever move back home I will be running for mayor to try and restore gadsden to its former glory it once had

    1. I can’t speak to the eternal beauty or degradation of Gadsden, but I can say that your response would be much easier to read if you inserted some punctuation.

  22. I’ve been to every city on this list during the 25 years I lived in Alabama. The worst are not that bad and the best are not so good. But every city could be a lot better if they had a decent state government. The 1901 constitution is archaic (it’s got about 900 amendments!)gives the state almost unlimited power over cities, and is racist to boot. Change the legislature, change the lawmakers, and all these cities will improve.

  23. Some of the criteria used is bogus. For example, someone actually wanting to live in a “less densely populated” area would prefer a low density population and thus this wouldn’t be a negative. Another journalist using different criteria would arrive at at an entirely different conclusion. My opinion: writers writing this type of article are seeking readership, not accuracy.

  24. I am planning to travel in the Mid of january and I think it would be a fantastic experience to go Dothan,AL and Orange Beach.

  25. I m glad i took the time to read the coments . I am retiiring and i have been very serious about moving around mobile, i was getting kind of nervous when i was checking the crime rates. I am a single female in my 60’s and would be on my own. I love the fact of being close to the gulf iit sounds beautiful. I am from Chicago cant handle the cold anymore and looking for some peace and quiet, so i will just take a roadtrip and find out myself. I have been to alabama a few times i have relatives that live around Jasper i just want to go farther south.

    1. No! High crime and poor schools.

      Nothing for young people to do at all.

      You can do much better within a 20 mile radius. I lived there for a year when I first moved to Birmingham.

  26. i grew up in Mountain,Brook,and it was most likely the best place to raise a family, It had no blacks in the public schools except for the help in kitchen n the maids, every house had a black maid that left after 3 PM.The homes were very clean very nice and costly.Inhabited by Drs Lawyers business owners (the jews), but the Jews have their own special section called Dunbarton,(little Israel)No christmas lights in that area,
    Mountain Brook is the most expensive place in the state to live. smooth roads, the police are really bad about ticketing only the teens and outsiders passing thru. but as soon as you entered birmingham thats on all sides of Mt Brook, it was like instant depression. blacks crime and a feeling of leaving fantasy land.They called it the yellow brick road for a reason. None of the home owners there dare cut aby trees down so its the coolest area dyring hot humid summers,however during ab ice storm all the roads will be blocked from fallen trees.The Beverly Beverly Hills Palm Beach of Alabama…Everywere else is run down ridden with either red necks or blacks..thankfully the segrigation held on in this state for as long as possable, it keeps the crime in certain areas…

  27. The band, Clutch, did a gig for New Year’s Eve in Gadsden, for the Shriners. They must be the only Shriners that don’t own their own facility. They were renting a tiny downtown building with a tiny stage. The gig was horrid and the check from the Shriners bounced. Clutch had to go through the law to get it’s money. Gadsden is trash. Birmingham and Huntsville leave much to be desired, as well.

  28. I grew up in Gadsden in the 1980s and ’90s (from 1st grade to two years at GSCC). It was a pretty bad place to grow up poor/lower middle class even back then with the Goodyear plant and steel mill closures (along with the dairy plant my father worked at). Thank goodness for books, magazines, movies, college/alt music, and TV at the time to show me there are other places in the world for creative types to live.

    The good thing about having “worst” small towns like this is for people like me to get off her ass and move somewhere pretty good. Since then, I have lived in NYC for 14 years and Berlin, Germany, where I was able to travel all over Europe. Now I live on a teeny tiny island in the Mediterranean with my wonderful Swedish husband. Our ultimate plan is to settle in Switzerland and raise kids.

    (Even after living differently in several cities and countries, my top saddest and most shocking life experiences and stories come from 1984-1998 Gadsden/Rainbow City, AL. It was really, really rough. It was the worst. I’ve never met more judgmental, negative, mentally deranged people before in my life. The rest of the world is such a better place to be experiencing life!)

  29. These rednecks and trailer park trash lowlives are seemingly having some difficulties acknowledging the truth about their trash towns

  30. Actually, this is just a practical — and long overdue — result of our collective realization that diversity is so wonderful that we should be subsidizing it, and banks and other cooripatorns ought not to be excluded from that opportunity.

  31. Gadsden is a wonderful city..I was born and raised here and I love it. The person responsible for this article is an idiot or a Yankee..

  32. Good afternoon. I’d like to ask about the inclusion of Brewton as a worst place to live. Our unemployment rate is 4.7% and falling, our crime rate is among the lowest in the region and our schools are listed as some of the best in the country by US News & World Report. I invite you to visit sometime and find out why we love it, and why I believe you will too.

  33. I have lived in Alabama my entire life except for the few years that I attended the University of Virginia, lived shortly in Washington D C, and lived in Seattle. I must say that, unless I were taking care of my father and helping my mother, I would certainly not be living in such a shithole, prejudiced, unedcucated, ignorant, stupid part of the country.

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