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Best Places to Live in Alabama in 2020-21

People willing to weather the humid summers in the Yellowhammer State can enjoy a relatively low cost of living and outdoor activities ranging from food truck festivals and concerts to hiking in the woods or strolling along a beach boardwalk. From the birthplace of the Saturn V to the birthplace of Mardi Gras, here are the best places to live in Alabama.

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Huntsville, AL

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growing … more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 8.7 Value

Birmingham, AL

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama was born from the iron and steel industry and is known for playing a crucial role in the civil rights movement. B… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 5.4 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value

Montgomery, AL

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

If you love history, you will love Montgomery, Alabama, a prominent place during the Civil War and birthplace of the modern civil … more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 6.0 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value

Mobile, AL

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

This laid-back waterfront metro area often feels like a mini New Orleans, complete with a Mardi Gras tradition, historic neighborhood… more

  • 5.8 Overall Score
  • 5.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.2 Value