These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Alabama For 2017

Here are the places in the Heart Of Dixie that are the real pits.

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

  1. Prichard
  2. Bessemer (Photos)
  3. Tarrant (Photos)
  4. Anniston (Photos)
  5. Childersburg (Photos)
  6. Lanett (Photos)
  7. Russellville (Photos)
  8. Talladega (Photos)
  9. Opp
  10. Clanton (Photos)

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. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2017.

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

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How we determined the worst places to live in Alabama for 2017

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 101 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 101 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.

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1. Prichard

Population: 22,439
Home Values: $66,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.0% (5th worst)
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.

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2. Bessemer

Bessemer, Alabama

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Population: 27,043
Home Values: $88,100 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (12th worst)
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 (1st worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 15.3%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.

3. Tarrant

Tarrant, Alabama

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Population: 6,278
Home Values: $76,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.9% (16th worst)
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Alabama, Tarrant came in 3rd. Let’s see why.

When you’re comparing the unemployment rate to the rest of the nation, Alabama residents are very hard workers. But when comparing the unemployment rate among cities in Alabama, you can see some really big differences. In Tarrant, the number of people out of work is 14.9%

In Alabama, that’s the 16th highest in the state.

The residents in Tarrant have the 4th lowest incomes in the state. Folks in Tarrant average $25,653 a year. Which isn’t too shabby in comparison to the other ‘lowest’ income cities in most other states.

Additionally, the homes are valued at $76,200 on average. That’s the 5th lowest in the state.

4. Anniston

Anniston, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,626
Home Values: $99,900 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (9th worst)
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 6.3. As several residents of Anniston said on City-Data, don’t move there.

5. Childersburg

Childersburg, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,105
Home Values: $109,300 (36th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (10th worst)
Now we can get to some actual cities that might have some normal numbers. In this case, Childersburg ranks high mainly due to the low economic numbers. Homes are the 36th cheapest in the state here at $109,300. Say what you want about low cost of living. What the data says is that cheaper homes means less demand. And there isn’t a lot of demand to live in Childersburg.

The median income levels here are the 5th lowest in the state of Alabama, at $25,948. Crime is above average, but not horrible like some of the cities we’ll talk about in a minute. And almost 15.7% of people in Childersburg were without jobs according to the latest numbers.

6. Lanett

Lanett, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,457
Home Values: $81,300 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.2% (15th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, the city of Lanett is the 6th worst place you can live in the state of Alabama. Let’s see why.

You may be surprised to hear that the crime here is the 10th-highest in the state per capita, according to the FBI data base.

Residents in Lanett had a 1 in 12.1 chance of being robbed in 2014. To put things into perspective, since the average person has 300 friends on Facebook, if everyone you friended lived in Lanett, statistically, 25 of them would have been the victim of a property crime, meaning a home robbery, car break in or a stolen wallet.

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Lanett’s other issues are a very high unemployment rate (15.2%) and income levels of its residents ($25,220).

7. Russellville

Russellville, Alabama

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Population: 9,824
Home Values: $93,300 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (25th worst)
You can sure expect that Russellville is going to be a pretty rough place to live, it comes in 7th in our analysis. It is. In fact, Russellville has the 55th-highest crime rate in the state. Probably no surprises there.

There were 41 violent crimes here in 2015, and residents have a 1 in 24.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That means, most likely, if you live in Russellville, either you or someone on your block had their home or car broken into last year.

You can also imagine that the economy here is in the pits — the unemployment rate sits at 12.8% which is the 25th worst in Alabama.

8. Talladega

Talladega, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,931
Home Values: $84,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.4% (3rd worst)
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.

9. Opp

Population: 6,665
Home Values: $90,400 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (13th worst)
You can sure expect that Opp is going to be a pretty rough place to live, it comes in 9th in our analysis. It is. In fact, Opp has the 23rd-highest crime rate in the state. Probably no surprises there.

There were 53 violent crimes here in 2015, and residents have a 1 in 17.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That means, most likely, if you live in Opp, either you or someone on your block had their home or car broken into last year.

You can also imagine that the economy here is in the pits — the unemployment rate sits at 15.3% which is the 13th worst in Alabama.

10. Clanton

Clanton, Alabama

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Population: 8,715
Home Values: $104,900 (33rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (35th worst)
According to science, Clanton is the 10th worst place you can live in Alabama.

Let’s see why. Clanton has the 22nd-highest crime rate in the state, surprisingly. In terms of number of crimes per person, Clanton is certainly up there.

Factor in a very low housing cost ($104,900), and the 35th-highest unemployment rate in the state (11.2%), and across the board, Clanton doesn’t sound like the best of the best.

Plus, there’s simply not a lot to do here (unless you count having a Walmart and a Piggly Wiggly as fun). We’re aware that people enjoy outdoor activities, but in terms of pure entertainment, you’d have to drive a ways away.

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 2017.

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

  1. Mountain Brook (Pop. 20,518)
  2. Vestavia Hills (Pop. 34,116)
  3. Hoover (Pop. 83,547)
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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Alabama

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Prichard 22,439 21.0% $66,000
2 Bessemer 27,043 15.3% $88,100
3 Tarrant 6,278 14.9% $76,200
4 Anniston 22,626 16.0% $99,900
5 Childersburg 5,105 15.7% $109,300
6 Lanett 6,457 15.2% $81,300
7 Russellville 9,824 12.8% $93,300
8 Talladega 15,931 21.4% $84,500
9 Opp 6,665 15.3% $90,400
10 Clanton 8,715 11.2% $104,900
11 Gadsden 36,455 10.9% $71,200
12 Atmore 10,072 18.8% $97,300
13 Monroeville 6,265 24.2% $97,100
14 Brewton 5,424 13.8% $94,600
15 Birmingham 212,211 13.3% $86,800
16 Selma 19,987 21.2% $87,100
17 Chickasaw 6,005 12.7% $79,700
18 Greenville 7,912 11.3% $101,200
19 Tuskegee 9,218 21.6% $79,300
20 Jackson 5,055 16.1% $102,500
21 Andalusia 9,058 12.4% $90,300
22 Roanoke 6,013 8.7% $82,900
23 Jasper 14,186 10.0% $132,500
24 Center Point 16,797 12.1% $102,700
25 Sylacauga 12,749 14.0% $114,200
26 Eufaula 12,809 18.0% $123,700
27 Boaz 9,673 10.6% $104,800
28 Fairfield 10,987 14.6% $94,600
29 Fort Payne 14,112 12.1% $108,200
30 Attalla 5,965 15.4% $64,900
31 Valley 9,444 6.6% $79,900
32 Sheffield 9,074 7.7% $89,300
33 Guntersville 8,326 11.7% $160,200
34 Midfield 5,284 10.3% $74,900
35 Scottsboro 14,775 10.2% $122,200
36 Oneonta 6,633 6.1% $122,600
37 Tallassee 5,380 6.3% $87,400
38 Mobile 194,669 10.6% $120,100
39 Ozark 14,786 11.0% $95,400
40 Hamilton 6,814 9.4% $95,400
41 Demopolis 7,249 13.8% $137,000
42 Opelika 28,544 6.8% $153,500
43 Lincoln 6,391 9.1% $126,600
44 Montevallo 6,549 11.5% $157,800
45 Arab 8,282 9.9% $145,300
46 Daleville 5,188 10.7% $100,000
47 Albertville 21,406 5.0% $111,300
48 Irondale 12,398 9.4% $127,700
49 Decatur 55,598 9.6% $124,200
50 Glencoe 5,139 15.2% $106,100
51 Bay Minette 8,843 7.0% $118,800
52 Smiths Station 5,165 6.5% $118,300
53 Troy 18,696 10.0% $158,900
54 Gulf Shores 10,703 14.0% $232,400
55 Wetumpka 7,406 12.0% $137,100
56 Robertsdale 5,656 3.1% $135,800
57 Pinson 7,448 7.2% $134,400
58 Hueytown 15,894 7.4% $110,000
59 Jacksonville 12,372 13.4% $159,400
60 Oxford 21,243 10.9% $123,700
61 Montgomery 202,967 9.2% $117,600
62 Orange Beach 5,682 11.6% $238,000
63 Cullman 15,014 5.0% $139,700
64 Foley 16,345 12.9% $156,800
65 Calera 12,593 5.4% $138,100
66 Florence 39,855 7.1% $125,300
67 Huntsville 185,594 9.3% $162,800
68 Leeds 11,881 5.5% $140,100
69 Athens 23,938 7.7% $135,700
70 Dothan 67,708 8.7% $139,800
71 Saraland 13,715 9.4% $129,100
72 Tuscaloosa 94,865 8.6% $168,300
73 Clay 9,682 5.8% $158,300
74 Tuscumbia 8,537 7.0% $101,700
75 Trussville 20,351 4.1% $232,200
76 Muscle Shoals 13,492 6.8% $128,700
77 Hartselle 14,455 10.5% $128,200
78 Gardendale 13,763 4.7% $156,700
79 Fultondale 8,733 4.3% $129,500
80 Moody 12,292 5.9% $148,100
81 Millbrook 14,983 5.0% $141,300
82 Alabaster 31,905 5.2% $165,800
83 Spanish Fort 7,578 2.7% $241,300
84 Pelham 22,346 7.1% $164,300
85 Homewood 25,535 3.6% $285,200
86 Prattville 34,706 7.1% $150,000
87 Pike Road 7,178 3.5% $243,700
88 Satsuma 6,152 6.7% $147,700
89 Enterprise 27,785 6.6% $169,300
90 Pleasant Grove 10,270 6.3% $151,000
91 Northport 24,339 5.8% $162,200
92 Chelsea 11,386 3.2% $202,700
93 Auburn 58,693 6.8% $220,000
94 Fairhope 17,309 4.5% $238,800
95 Southside 8,514 2.9% $152,900
96 Daphne 23,559 5.4% $176,300
97 Helena 17,589 4.4% $181,900
98 Madison 45,590 7.1% $226,700
99 Hoover 83,547 4.9% $264,200
100 Vestavia Hills 34,116 3.2% $346,400

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58 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Alabama For 2017

  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.

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