The 10 Happiest Places To Live In Alabama

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 10, 2020

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Ever wondered where in the country people are happiest? Better yet, what cities in your state have the secret sauce for happiness?

Just like where you work and what you do, where you live can have major implications for your quality of life. We set out to find the cities in Alabama where life is sweetest, the wages are high, and people aren’t wasting their lives away in cars,

The results? Happiness comes in small packages.

The result is this list of the best cities for :

  1. Mountain Brook, AL
  2. Vestavia Hills, AL
  3. Pike Road, AL
  4. Trussville, AL
  5. Meadowbrook, AL
  6. Homewood, AL
  7. Chelsea, AL
  8. Highland Lakes, AL
  9. Northport, AL
  10. Madison, AL

These are the happiest places in Alabama. Keep reading to see what has everyone grinning so much.

How did we determined the happiest places to live in Alabama?

We turned happiness into a science and scoured the state to find the cities with all the ingredients for happiness:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Percent of households earning above $75,000
  • Median home prices
  • A short commute to work (Traffic = unhappiness)
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)

We examined over 115 cities, to find the cities that have all of the above in spades.

While some may be confused to see marriage rates included in our metrics, studies show that married people are typically happier than unmarried people. However, it is worth noting that marriage doesn’t cause happiness. In fact, people leaving a bad marriage experience spikes of happiness. However, a happy marriage and positive social interactions are important for mood and mental health.

Similarly, if you’re scratching your head to see $75,000 as the cut-off for happiness, blame Purdue University. Their study found that amount meets basic needs and frees people from the pitfalls of deep financial insecurity that cause unhappiness.

All of our data comes from the most recent American Community Survey.

Keep reading for more on why each of these 10 places is brimming with happiness—or hop to the bottom to see where your city landed on the list.

1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, AL

Population: 20,466
Earners Over $75k: 78.1%
Average Commute: 17
Marriage Rate: 38.0%

Mountain Brook is the happiest city in all of Alabama. What makes Mountain Brook residents so happy? They aren’t wasting their lives on long commutes for one. The average Mountain Brook resident only drives 17.1 minuted to work. Toss in affordable housing and the fact that most Mountain Brook residents are coming home to a loving partner and it’s easy to see the city has a lot going for it.

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population: 34,163
Earners Over $75k: 65.0%
Average Commute: 20
Marriage Rate: 33.0%

In 2nd place we have Vestavia Hills. Residents of Vestavia Hills are highly educated, with an impressive 70.0% having at least a bachelor’s degree. And in this modern day, education means options, and folks in Vestavia Hills have plenty of them.

3. Pike Road

Pike Road, AL

Population: 8,884
Earners Over $75k: 68.3%
Average Commute: 25
Marriage Rate: 42.0%

Pike Road is the third happiest city in Alabama. Why so happy? 42.0% of Pike Road residents come home to a partner to share their life burdens. Bonus? Short commutes give them more time to spend with all their loved ones or on hobbies they enjoy.

4. Trussville

Trussville, AL

Population: 21,721
Earners Over $75k: 63.2%
Average Commute: 27
Marriage Rate: 44.0%

Folks in Trussville have a lot to smile about. An impressive 63.2% of Trussville households earn $75,000 or more. That means families in Trussville can afford peace of mind.

5. Meadowbrook

Population: 9,387
Earners Over $75k: 71.7%
Average Commute: 24
Marriage Rate: 38.0%

Meadowbrook is the 5th happiest city in the whole state. Meadowbrook residents’ moods are kept high by reasonable home prices (the median home price in this Alabama city is only $286,200), happy marriages, and short commutes.

6. Homewood

Homewood, AL

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,595
Earners Over $75k: 51.2%
Average Commute: 17
Marriage Rate: 22.0%

Looking to relocate? Data says you should give Homewood a second look because it has all the ingredients for happiness. A staggering 51.2% of households earn over 75,000. Toss in high marriage rates and reasonable commutes, and it’s easy to see those who call Homewood home have a lot to be happy about.

7. Chelsea

Chelsea, AL

Population: 12,643
Earners Over $75k: 67.5%
Average Commute: 30
Marriage Rate: 36.0%

Chelsea is the 7th happiest city. Chelsea residents pull in respectable salaries and manage to do it, on average, within 30.1 minutes of their home. They can use all that extra time saved from a long commute to indulge in hobbies they’re passionate about.

8. Highland Lakes

Population: 5,500
Earners Over $75k: 82.4%
Average Commute: 31
Marriage Rate: 31.0%

Highland Lakes residents are highly educated with good incomes, decent marriage rates, and reasonable commutes. What’s not to be happy about?

9. Northport

Northport, AL

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,457
Earners Over $75k: 39.1%
Average Commute: 21
Marriage Rate: 33.0%

The 9th happiest city in all of Alabama is Northport. The average commute in Northport is only 21.5 minutes. That means they are only 21.5 minutes away from the loving spouse 33.0% of them have.

10. Madison

Madison, AL

Population: 48,275
Earners Over $75k: 58.1%
Average Commute: 19
Marriage Rate: 16.0%

In 10th place is Madison, Alabama. What makes Madison so great? Affordable housing, reasonable commutes, and healthy incomes. If happiness is contagious, moving here might be worth a try.

And that’s our list of the happiest cities in Alabama

There you have it, happiness is a place.

While we can’t guarantee everyone living and working in the top 10 cities is happy, they have a better chance the most.

If you are looking to improve your own happiness, check out how you can help improve your personal factors: housing costs, job satisfaction, income, and education.

If your city didn’t make the top 10, check out the list below to see whether it missed the cut by a hair or if folks there are struggling to escape despair.

Detailed List Of The Happiest Cities In

Rank City High Earners Average Commute Marriage Rate
1 Mountain Brook 78.1% 17 38.0%
2 Vestavia Hills 65.0% 20 33.0%
3 Pike Road 68.3% 25 42.0%
4 Trussville 63.2% 27 44.0%
5 Meadowbrook 71.7% 24 38.0%
6 Homewood 51.2% 17 22.0%
7 Chelsea 67.5% 30 36.0%
8 Highland Lakes 82.4% 31 31.0%
9 Northport 39.1% 21 33.0%
10 Madison 58.1% 19 16.0%
11 Hoover 55.2% 23 28.0%
12 Helena 57.4% 32 32.0%
13 Alabaster 51.6% 30 33.0%
14 Moores Mill 48.2% 23 28.0%
15 Prattville 39.1% 22 27.0%
16 Gardendale 44.3% 24 40.0%
17 Muscle Shoals 31.6% 19 41.0%
18 Meridianville 54.1% 22 30.0%
19 Enterprise 36.7% 19 20.0%
20 Leeds 41.0% 24 36.0%
21 Rainbow City 30.6% 21 35.0%
22 Calera 42.3% 33 34.0%
23 Pelham 50.9% 26 27.0%
24 Oxford 35.4% 21 34.0%
25 Harvest 51.3% 28 22.0%
26 Millbrook 39.6% 23 29.0%
27 Saraland 40.2% 23 38.0%
28 Southside 43.9% 24 43.0%
29 Orange Beach 52.8% 22 25.0%
30 Glencoe 38.2% 25 56.0%
31 Clay 46.2% 27 41.0%
32 Satsuma 42.8% 24 47.0%
33 Opelika 28.9% 18 27.0%
34 Hartselle 36.7% 23 40.0%
35 Pleasant Grove 44.0% 27 46.0%
36 Fairhope 47.4% 25 21.0%
37 Fultondale 36.2% 23 38.0%
38 Auburn 34.3% 19 16.0%
39 Huntsville 36.9% 19 17.0%
40 Spanish Fort 51.3% 27 23.0%
41 Guntersville 30.0% 23 30.0%
42 Brook Highland 38.6% 23 25.0%
43 Tuscaloosa 28.3% 19 20.0%
44 Albertville 24.1% 19 29.0%
45 Cullman 24.9% 20 32.0%
46 Athens 32.8% 21 26.0%
47 Moody 35.2% 26 39.0%
48 Dothan 29.3% 19 24.0%
49 Pinson 40.0% 32 44.0%
50 Montgomery 29.6% 19 22.0%
51 Oneonta 29.1% 27 41.0%
52 Daphne 46.9% 27 20.0%
53 Jasper 30.3% 21 33.0%
54 Tuscumbia 24.8% 21 34.0%
55 Decatur 28.7% 19 25.0%
56 Wetumpka 37.4% 25 31.0%
57 Sylacauga 23.7% 21 34.0%
58 Andalusia 21.4% 16 30.0%
59 Boaz 26.9% 21 35.0%
60 Scottsboro 25.0% 18 31.0%
61 Irondale 36.3% 23 23.0%
62 Pell City 32.0% 25 33.0%
63 Arab 30.2% 26 30.0%
64 Eufaula 24.4% 19 24.0%
65 Lincoln 43.5% 23 38.0%
66 Rainsville 20.0% 19 39.0%
67 Gulf Shores 33.7% 23 19.0%
68 Troy 21.6% 17 20.0%
69 Attalla 21.8% 18 33.0%
70 Demopolis 23.6% 17 24.0%
71 Florence 21.5% 18 23.0%
72 Greenville 21.3% 19 28.0%
73 Hueytown 26.1% 27 39.0%
74 Forestdale 34.9% 26 32.0%
75 Monroeville 23.1% 17 28.0%
76 Jacksonville 27.3% 23 19.0%
77 Brewton 26.1% 21 28.0%
78 Alexander City 22.0% 21 35.0%
79 Clanton 28.3% 34 30.0%
80 Fort Payne 18.5% 19 24.0%
81 Theodore 20.6% 25 31.0%
82 Center Point 29.4% 28 26.0%
83 Phenix City 23.6% 22 13.0%
84 Foley 22.1% 20 14.0%
85 Mobile 26.0% 22 23.0%
86 Saks 21.4% 25 34.0%
87 Smiths Station 32.4% 26 19.0%
88 Grayson Valley 27.5% 28 30.0%
89 Montevallo 24.5% 23 21.0%
90 Tillmans Corner 28.8% 26 24.0%
91 Selma 15.2% 18 24.0%
92 Tallassee 28.5% 21 25.0%
93 Valley 20.4% 20 27.0%
94 Ozark 24.2% 21 24.0%
95 Sheffield 18.0% 20 29.0%
96 Bay Minette 20.4% 22 25.0%
97 Russellville 21.1% 23 25.0%
98 Daleville 23.1% 21 13.0%
99 Chickasaw 15.7% 22 24.0%
100 Midfield 18.9% 22 27.0%

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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