Hoover named the best place to live in Alabama

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The Bluff Park Mural was painted the weekend of March 6-7, 2021. Photo via Jessica Broom for Bham Now

Wondering where the best city to live in Alabama is? According to 24/7 Wall St., the answer is Hoover. Read on to find out how it claimed the state’s top spot.

Behind the survey

With millions of American working remotely in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are no longer tied to a specific city for their job. This means they are able to chose where they live based on other factors.

With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. posed an interesting question—where is the city to live in each US state? Talk about a tough decision.

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City Bowls recently opened a storefront in Hoover. Photo via City Bowls’ Facebook

So, they created a weighted index of 25 measures in four main categories:

  1. Economy
  2. Affordability
  3. Quality of life
  4. Community

They then researched data from a number of places, including the US Census Bureau, the FBI, The Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control. Data used was from the most recent year available.

When creating the list, all boroughs, census-designated places, cities, towns and villages with at least 8,000 residents were considered.

What did the data show?

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Fresh cocktails at Tre Luna Bar & Kitchen in Hoover, AL. Photo via Bham Now

That the City of Hoover ranked as the best place to live in Alabama.

Located just south of Birmingham, the city of Hoover has about 83,000 residents. In the past few years, it’s also seen a boom with new places to go for food, drinks and fun, like the Entertainment District that was recently built at Stadium Trace Village.

Though that may be partly why more people are flocking to the area, here are the reasons 24/7 Wall St. reported as to why Hoover made the top spot for best place to live in the state:

1. Financial Security

24/7 Wall St. found that the typical Hoover household earns $89,452 a year with only 6.2% of the local population living below the poverty line.

How does this compare to the state average? Across the state of Alabama, the median household income totals $50,536 and the poverty rate is 16.7%.

2. Safety

According to 24/7 Wall St., Hoover’s annual violent crime rate is 133 incidents per 100,000 people. This is well below the tate rate of 511 incidents per 100,000.

So, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with 24/7 Wall St.’s findings?

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