Known for its Southern literature, rocket ships, and love of college football, Alabama also has a rich cultural heritage. It is generally a great place to visit and live in Alabama.
Are you planning to move to Alabama soon? If you are having difficulties deciding which place to live in the state, this article will provide you information on the not-so-good places to live in Alabama. We've compiled a list based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program to help you determine how safe your current or future community is. If you want to be enlightened with your decision, read on!
Here are the top 5 worst places to live in Alabama:
Top 5: Fairfield
Fairfield, Alabama, is first on the list. In Fairfield, the median household income averages just over $36,000, and more than a quarter of the residents reside in poverty. The city's employment growth has also slowed dramatically over the last five years.
There are only 96,100 homes in Fairfield (less than half the national median). It should not come as a surprise to discover that many people in Fairfield suffer from financial hardship due to real estate markets based on what residents can afford.
Due to its proximity to Birmingham, Fairfield is still a trendy place to live. Several local markets, waterparks, and golf courses can be found in Fairfield, not to mention easy access to the attractions of the big city.
Top 4: Anniston
Anniston, Alabama, will be our next stop.
An estimated 30 percent of Anniston's 22,000 residents live in poverty. The city's population has declined in the last five years, and the unemployment rate has increased. Considering the city's low incomes and criminal activity, it is understandable why the population is decreasing. Anniston had the most violent crimes per 100,000 residents, 3,434 for every 100,000 people in 2017.
If you ask an Anniston resident why they live there, they're likely to give you some pretty good reasons. In Anniston, visitors can enjoy hiking and mountain biking as well as wine tasting and tubing.
Top 3: Lanett
In addition to being the smallest city in Alabama, Lanett is also one of the most dangerous. Just over 6,000 people live there, with a population decline of 5.7% since 2010. Low-income levels and high crime rates are likely factors.
Property crimes in Lanett reached 7,878 per 100,000 in 2018. Almost all of Lanett's crimes occur on its east side, so residents and visitors are advised to avoid that part of town whenever possible.
Lanett, however, has a lower cost of living than the rest of the country. Also located on the Alabama-Georgia border, Lanett serves as an industrial, small-business, and recreational hotspot.
Top 2: Birmingham
Birmingham is one of Alabama's most dangerous cities, with a crime rate 112% higher than the national average. In 2018, aggravated assaults accounted for nearly 70% of all violent crimes. Birmingham had 88 homicides in 2018 (which is much fewer than other cities around the country), but the city has the 3rd highest homicide rate when the population is considered.
Nevertheless, there are parts of Birmingham that are pretty safe and attractive. A significant banking center in the United States, Birmingham is also known for its excellent nightlife, restaurants, and music venues.
Top 1: Tarrant
Jefferson County is home to the small town of Tarrant. Residents of Tarrant have 1 in 56 chances of being raped, murdered, or attacked every year. In addition, one out of every 16.8 residents has experienced some form of property crime.
Due to its geographic position, Tarrant is accompanied by the largest metropolitan area in Alabama. It's a very friendly and close-knit community in Alabama. Business owners, residents, and elected officials are often on first-name terms.
Are you planning a move to Alabama any time soon? We hope this article helped you in your decision in transferring to a new place. Hit the comments below and let us know your thoughts.
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