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Best Places to Live in Alabama

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
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.8 Value

Birmingham, AL

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama, a metropolitan area born from the iron and steel industry, is known for playing a crucial role in the civil righ… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 5.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Mobile, AL

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Alabama

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

  • 5.5 Overall Score
  • 4.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value