Alabama November 10, 2017
The 11 Most Diverse Towns In Alabama To Put Down Roots
Alabama is such a great place to live because it’s a true melting pot. People from different countries, races and religions call Alabama home.
Niche.com selected the most diverse places to live in Alabama. The 11 most diverse towns, along with their scores, are listed below. These scores are based on each city’s ethnic and economic diversity statistics from the U.S. Census. To better understand Niche and how this ranking was calculated, click here.
Now, let’s take a look at Alabama’s 11 most diverse towns:
1. Bayou La Batre
Located in Mobile County, Bayou La Batre is a quaint fishing village with a population of 2,634. When it comes to diversity, this Gulf Coast town, which has been described as the "Seafood Capital of Alabama," scored an A+. As far as nightlife goes, it scored a B+.
The town of Lipscomb is located in Jefferson County and has a population of 2,275. Regarding scores, Lipscomb received an A+ for diversity and an A- for nightlife.
Elmore, which has a population of 1,671, is a small charming town that's located in Elmore County. Its motto is "Town of Light," and it scored an A for diversity, an A- for housing and a B for public schools.
Daleville is located in Dale County and has a population of 5,188. Its nickname is "Gateway to Fort Rucker," and it scored an A for diversity, a B+ for housing and a B- for crime and safety.
5. Phenix City
Phenix City has a population of 36,639 and is the county seat of Russell County. In 2007, Business Week magazine selected Phenix City as the nation’s #1 Best Affordable Suburb to Raise a Family. When it comes to diversity, Phenix City scored an A. Regarding nightlife, this evolving city scored a B.
The city of Irondale has a population of 12,398 and is located in Jefferson County. Its most popular landmark is Irondale Cafe, which was the inspiration for The Whistle Stop Cafe in Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was later adapted into the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Irondale scored an A for diversity and a B+ for housing.
Like Irondale, Adamsville is also located in Jefferson County. With a population of 4,454, Adamsville is one of the best towns to live in Alabama. It scored an A for diversity, a B+ for housing and a B- for public schools.
Russellville, which has a population of 9,824, is the county seat of Franklin County. It's also the home of King Drive-In - Alabama's oldest continually operating drive-in theater. When it comes to diversity, Russellville scored an A. This historic town also scored a B for nightlife and a B- for public schools.
Opelika is the county seat of Lee County and has a population of 28,544. This quaint city's motto is "Rich in Heritage With a Vision for the Future," and its revitalized downtown area attracts people from near and far. Regarding diversity, Opelika scored an A. For public schools, the city scored an A-.
Like a few of the previous towns listed, Tarrant is also located in Jefferson County. With a population of 6,278, Tarrant is home to the ABC Coke plant that's owned by the Drummond Company, which is the largest single producer of foundry coke in the United States. When it comes to diversity, Tarrant scored an A. For both housing and public schools, the town scored a C+.
With a population of 185,594, Huntsville, the county seat of Madison County, is the largest city on the list. For quite some time, Huntsville, which is nicknamed "The Rocket City," has been considered one of the best places to live in Alabama. A few of the city's major attractions include the U.S Space & Rocket Center, Monte Sano State Park and Huntsville Botanical Garden. Regarding diversity, Huntsville scored an A. For both nightlife and public schools, the city scored an A-.
Do you currently live in, or have visited, any of these diverse towns? If so, share your thoughts about them with us!
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