These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Alabama

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Alabama have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Alabama places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Mountain Brook, the happiest place in Alabama.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Heart of Dixie”:

  1. Mountain Brook
  2. Vestavia Hills
  3. Madison
  4. Gardendale
  5. Trussville
  6. Meadowbrook
  7. Muscle Shoals
  8. Chelsea
  9. Helena
  10. Hoover
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Heart of Dixie

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 74 places in Alabama with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 74 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Alabama”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Alabama ranked. Our apologies to Moody which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484People Who Own Their Home: 80.5%
Married Adults: 71.4%

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061People Who Own Their Home: 68.1%
Married Adults: 61.3%

3. Madison

Madison, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,866People Who Own Their Home: 65.8%
Married Adults: 58.3%

4. Gardendale

Gardendale, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,809People Who Own Their Home: 76.8%
Married Adults: 59.3%

5. Trussville

Trussville, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,229People Who Own Their Home: 82.8%
Married Adults: 65.5%

6. Meadowbrook


Population: 8,550 People Who Own Their Home: 73.9%
Married Adults: 59.4%

7. Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380People Who Own Their Home: 71.5%
Married Adults: 57.2%

8. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051People Who Own Their Home: 87.2%
Married Adults: 69.3%

9. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752People Who Own Their Home: 87.4%
Married Adults: 63.2%

10. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849People Who Own Their Home: 61.6%
Married Adults: 58.9%

Now It’s Time To Sing A Song All Day Long

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Alabama

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Mountain Brook 1 20,484 80.5% 71.4%
Vestavia Hills 2 34,061 68.1% 61.3%
Madison 3 44,866 65.8% 58.3%
Gardendale 4 13,809 76.8% 59.3%
Trussville 5 20,229 82.8% 65.5%
Meadowbrook 6 8,550 73.9% 59.4%
Muscle Shoals 7 13,380 71.5% 57.2%
Chelsea 8 11,051 87.2% 69.3%
Helena 9 16,752 87.4% 63.2%
Hoover 10 82,849 61.6% 58.9%
Moody 11 12,124 73.1% 58.2%
Pleasant Grove 12 10,230 85.4% 53.6%
Northport 13 24,092 60.8% 47.1%
Millbrook 14 14,858 61.2% 53.0%
Pelham 15 22,106 77.8% 53.5%
Fairhope 16 16,661 62.7% 56.9%
Prattville 17 34,349 62.3% 52.2%
Saraland 18 13,657 64.9% 54.5%
Calera 19 12,376 72.9% 58.3%
Leeds 20 12,063 67.4% 55.8%
Enterprise 21 27,375 52.9% 48.4%
Scottsboro 22 14,779 63.2% 53.6%
Alabaster 23 30,978 78.0% 56.6%
Homewood 24 25,420 47.7% 43.1%
Hartselle 25 14,393 67.8% 56.2%
Oxford 26 21,250 64.0% 53.7%
Daphne 27 22,983 56.8% 51.3%
Lincoln 28 6,321 63.2% 54.2%
Saks 29 10,445 64.4% 52.1%
Forestdale 30 10,168 70.9% 46.4%
Dothan 31 67,574 51.7% 45.6%
Hueytown 32 15,956 68.4% 49.5%
Albertville 33 21,363 55.3% 50.4%
Athens 34 23,335 60.0% 49.7%
Ozark 35 14,835 54.4% 45.2%
Opelika 36 27,956 52.5% 45.1%
Hamilton 37 6,842 57.8% 55.2%
Florence 38 39,738 50.7% 41.8%
Cullman 39 14,933 52.8% 48.0%
Huntsville 40 184,132 52.9% 43.2%
Glencoe 41 5,137 61.4% 56.8%
Decatur 42 55,641 55.0% 46.7%
Foley 43 15,428 51.8% 51.1%
Irondale 44 12,399 63.5% 43.6%
Auburn 45 56,986 38.3% 32.9%
Tillmans Corner 46 19,105 60.9% 52.8%
Fort Payne 47 14,115 53.1% 50.2%
Montgomery 48 204,095 49.6% 37.6%
Jasper 49 14,247 56.1% 49.2%
Eufaula 50 12,897 51.5% 43.8%
Troy 51 18,636 42.2% 35.8%
Roanoke 52 6,013 48.4% 46.0%
Tuscaloosa 53 93,325 35.9% 33.1%
Pell City 54 13,128 52.6% 48.4%
Valley 55 9,456 50.8% 45.6%
Greenville 56 7,974 49.4% 35.7%
Oneonta 57 6,623 48.9% 50.5%
Alexander City 58 14,815 50.1% 45.5%
Center Point 59 16,876 49.2% 37.4%
Sylacauga 60 12,786 51.7% 40.8%
Fairfield 61 11,039 49.3% 27.4%
Jackson 62 5,116 52.9% 42.7%
Mobile 63 194,942 47.9% 37.4%
Phenix City 64 35,753 41.9% 38.7%
Talladega 65 16,034 47.3% 34.9%
Jacksonville 66 12,416 42.2% 32.9%
Anniston 67 22,749 44.2% 36.5%
Gadsden 68 36,621 48.2% 38.6%
Atmore 69 10,096 49.6% 30.8%
Bessemer 70 27,202 47.6% 32.6%
Russellville 71 9,836 46.3% 41.9%
Selma 72 20,276 38.7% 23.7%
Birmingham 73 211,705 38.7% 28.2%
Prichard 74 22,475 44.8% 26.0%