Those who live in certain cities in Alabama are much happier than residents of other areas. Whether it’s a decent commute to work, a wide variety of restaurants, or a low cost of living, many Alabamians are choosing to settle down in one of the state’s happiest cities.
Let’s take a look at the 10 happiest cities in Alabama.
1. Mountain Brook
Mountain Brook is Alabama's most affluent place and one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. It's considered a choice suburb for people wanting to stay near the Birmingham area. Mountain Brook's median household income is $135,833, and 16.5% of the residents' income is spent on housing.
Glencoe, a "City of Patriotism," offers its residents a wide variety of housing opportunities in a safe and friendly community.
The odds of being the victim of a violent crime in Glencoe are 1 in 646.9, and the city's median household income is $52,467.
Oxford lies at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains and evokes an old-time feel with a modern twist. Cheaha Mountain, which is located nearby, offers beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness. The average commute time in Oxford is only 18.3 minutes.
Madison is located next to Huntsville and is known for its high-quality schools, highly-educated residents, and the high-tech companies that employ thousands. The restaurants per capita in Madison is 1 per 548 inhabitants, and Madison's median household income is $92,136.
Hartselle is situated approximately 35 miles to the southwest of Huntsville and it's known as the "City of Southern Hospitality." The restaurants per capita in Hartselle is 1 per 537 inhabitants, and the odds of being the victim of a violent crime are 1 in 684.8.
Enterprise, "The City of Progress," offers many different recreational and educational opportunities for its residents. It's also home to the famous boll weevil monument. The average commute time in Enterprise is 18.6 minutes, and only 8.3% of the residents leave for work before 5 a.m.
Southside is located on the banks of the Coosa River and is one of the fastest growing cities in Etowah County. The odds of being the victim of a violent crime in Southside are 1 in 937.1, making it a safe place to call home.
8. Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals lies along the Tennessee River, south of Florence. Several well-known artists have recorded in Muscle Shoals. The city's median household income is $51,444, and 18.8% of the residents' income is spent on housing.
9. Fort Payne
Fort Payne is located in northeastern Alabama and is home to Lookout Mountain. It offers many recreational activities for its residents such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and exploring. Fort Payne has a short average commute time of only 15.2 minutes.
10. Vestavia Hills
Vestavia Hills is a peaceful suburb just south of Birmingham. Its median household income is $85,417, and the odds of being the victim of a violent crime are 1 in 1,554.3, making it one of the safest cities to live in Alabama.
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