Alabama’s larger cities have endless entertainment, many restaurants and plenty of job opportunities, but there’s something special about the state’s more rural towns. A much slower pace of life is the primary reason why many Alabamians are packing up and relocating to smaller towns.
If you’re currently living in one of Alabama’s larger cities and wanting to get away from it all, check out these 10 rural towns:
If you make the move to Addison, you'll be lucky enough to experience a low cost of living. This rural town, located in Winston County, has a cost of living that's 13.4% lower than the national average.
Beatrice, located in Monroe County, was incorporated in 1901. It has a great downtown area with several gift shops and a bed and breakfast. This small rural town with a population of 289 also has a thriving timber industry.
Brilliant is located in Marion County and was built around the coal mining industry during the late 1800s. Like Addison, this rural town also has a low cost of living.
4. St. Stephens
St. Stephens, with a population of 495, is located in Washington County. This rural town is the site of Alabama's only territorial capital.
Springville, located in St. Clair County, was incorporated in 1880 and is home to Homestead Hollow. Homestead Hollow hosts three festivals each year, featuring unique arts and crafts.
The post office and a few churches are some of the only remaining buildings in Clopton, which is located in Dale County. Blue Springs is Clopton's nearest city.
Elkmont, located in Limestone County, is a great place to live. Not only does this small rural town have a strong economy and low unemployment, it also has a stable housing market.
In Jackson County, Alabama has its very own Hollywood. What's interesting about this rural town is that it was the first incorporated Hollywood in the nation. Hollywood, Alabama was incorporated in 1897, whereas Hollywood, California was incorporated in 1903. One of Hollywood's main attractions is the Unclaimed Baggage Center, which is actually located in nearby Scottsboro.
Mentone, located in DeKalb County, sits atop Lookout Mountain and offers its visitors/residents the most incredible mountain-top views. If you're looking for both relaxation and adventure, Mentone is the perfect place to be.
Snead is located in Blount County. This rural Alabama town has a diversifying economy and truly values art and culture. It's also a beautiful town to call home.
Are you currently living in one of these rural Alabama towns? What other rural towns are perfect for getting away from it all?