Best places to retire in Alabama

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May 3, 2021
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Best places to retire in Alabama

For many people, retirement is the reward after decades of working and raising a family. After all that anticipation, deciding where to spend that precious time can be a tough decision, so Stacker looked to data and rankings from Niche to compile a list of the best places to retire in Alabama. Niche ranks places to retire based on a variety of factors including cost of living, health care, recreation, and weather. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

Many retirees seek out easy access to indoor and outdoor recreation, from walking trails and water access to museums and theaters. Many desirable retirement destinations also have good proximity to major cities, ripe with arts, culture, and health care resources. But those choice locations carry the key drawback of a high cost of living, often due to pricey housing costs, that will not suit retirees often on fixed incomes. Low crime rates make a difference, as well.

Keep reading to discover the best places to retire in Alabama.

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#25. Grand Bay

- Population: 3,897
- Median home value: $129,300 (86% own)
- Median rent: $856 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $69,960

- Pictured: 5281 Dawes Rd, Grand Bay ($600,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#24. Meadowbrook

- Population: 9,468
- Median home value: $299,200 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,406 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $109,650

- Pictured: 3132 Bradford Pl, Birmingham ($899,900, 5 bedrooms)
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#23. Ozark

- Population: 14,413
- Median home value: $115,500 (62% own)
- Median rent: $635 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $41,027

- Pictured: 1819 County Road 15, Ozark ($1.4 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#22. Sardis City

- Population: 1,742
- Median home value: $149,000 (89% own)
- Median rent: $741 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $59,643

- Pictured: 815 Sardis Dr, Boaz ($359,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#21. Pelham

- Population: 23,428
- Median home value: $189,000 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,119 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $80,510

- Pictured: 101 Grant Chester, Pelham ($2.1 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#20. Haleyville

- Population: 4,159
- Median home value: $89,000 (54% own)
- Median rent: $578 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $29,496

- Pictured: 2990 County Road 3418, Haleyville ($839,900, 5 bedrooms)
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#19. Cedar Bluff

- Population: 1,999
- Median home value: $85,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $515 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $32,000

- Pictured: 947 County Road 595, Cedar Bluff ($1.6 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#18. Madison

- Population: 49,327
- Median home value: $253,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $946 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $99,188

- Pictured: 114 Grand Cove Pl, Madison ($2.7 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#17. Hoover

- Population: 85,175
- Median home value: $291,000 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,123 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $89,452

- Pictured: 1082 Greystone Crst, Hoover ($3.2 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#16. Athens

- Population: 25,922
- Median home value: $161,400 (67% own)
- Median rent: $664 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $53,165

- Pictured: 7195 Barker Rd, Athens ($1.3 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#15. Centreville

- Population: 2,653
- Median home value: $117,500 (65% own)
- Median rent: $397 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $43,086

- Pictured: 8531 Montevallo Rd, Centreville ($289,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#14. Moulton

- Population: 3,285
- Median home value: $103,100 (52% own)
- Median rent: $486 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $32,775

- Pictured: 981 County Road 434, Moulton ($799,900, 2 bedrooms)
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#13. Priceville

- Population: 3,475
- Median home value: $195,100 (98% own)
- Median rent: $798 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $91,797

- Pictured: 119 Churchill Ter, Priceville ($319,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#12. Florence

- Population: 40,309
- Median home value: $142,400 (52% own)
- Median rent: $643 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $40,526

- Pictured: 109 Longleaf Way, Florence ($1.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#11. Daphne

- Population: 25,901
- Median home value: $201,400 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,200 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $71,882

- Pictured: 1013 Captain Oneal Dr, Daphne ($7.9 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#10. Helena

- Population: 18,463
- Median home value: $195,100 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,341 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $87,781

- Pictured: 603 County Road 13, Helena ($2.3 million, 8 bedrooms)
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#9. Foley

- Population: 18,533
- Median home value: $177,600 (66% own)
- Median rent: $855 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $43,614

- Pictured: 9449 Highway 59, Foley ($2.3 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#8. Falkville

- Population: 1,348
- Median home value: $86,800 (71% own)
- Median rent: $692 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $42,813

- Pictured: 6773 County Road 1223, Falkville ($209,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#7. Rainbow City

- Population: 9,589
- Median home value: $166,100 (60% own)
- Median rent: $797 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $50,547

- Pictured: 510 Steele Station Rd, Rainbow City ($649,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#6. Vestavia Hills

- Population: 34,307
- Median home value: $376,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,218 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,485

- Pictured: 7301 Wakefield Rd, Vestavia Hills ($3.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#5. Mountain Brook

- Population: 20,436
- Median home value: $628,800 (86% own)
- Median rent: $1,561 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $152,355

- Pictured: 3555 Spring Valley Ct, Mountain Brook ($6.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#4. Indian Springs Village

- Population: 2,549
- Median home value: $367,200 (95% own)
- Median rent: No data available (5% rent)
- Median household income: $119,091

- Pictured: 2723 Cahaba Valley Rd, Indian Springs Village ($2.4 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#3. Gulf Shores

- Population: 12,267
- Median home value: $243,100 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,086 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $53,476

- Pictured: 3468 Ponce De Leon Ct, Gulf Shores ($3.5 million, 18 bedrooms)
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#2. Fairhope

- Population: 21,083
- Median home value: $299,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,196 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $75,197

- Pictured: 17747 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope ($7.5 million, 8 bedrooms)
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#1. Orange Beach

- Population: 6,019
- Median home value: $297,800 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,117 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $81,883

- Pictured: 30205 Ono Blvd, Orange Beach ($3.4 million, 6 bedrooms)

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