Several Alabama Towns Named Among America’s Best Small Towns
Bigger isn't always better: Alabama towns prove that greatness comes in small packages.
There is an age-old debate between small-town life and big-city living. Dividends Diversify offered their “top 20 reasons to live in a small town.”
Low cost of living
Comfortable neighborly relations
Pleasant sense of community
Easy to stay informed
Successful independent businesses
Growing numbers of professional opportunities
Less competition for jobs
More individual attention in schools
Plenty of parking
Lots of peaceful quiet
Access to the outdoors
Less stress and better health
However, small-town life can be met with some disadvantages as well. Here are the “top 20 problems of living in a small town” by Dividends Diversify.
Old housing stock
Scarcity of apartment rentals
Inadequate public services
Inconvenient access to healthcare
Limited job opportunities
Fewer resources at local schools
Limited higher education opportunities
Lack of privacy and anonymity
Awkward dating scene
Short supply of creative thinking
Limited social circle
Tough for transplants to fit in
Overbearing law enforcement
No public transportation
Automobiles are a must
The inconvenience of air travel
Limited commercial entertainment
Sparse shopping alternatives
Meager nightlife options
I was really excited to see not one but three small towns make Family Destinations Guide "2023 150 Best Small Towns in America” list. America's Best Small Towns prove that good things do come in small packages.
Ranking #134 – Fairhope, Alabama
The charming town of Fairhope is located in Baldwin County, Alabama. Also, Alabamians like to call that area “L.A. - Lower Alabama.” It serves up a small-town flavor with a southern twist. It is a darling Bayfront town.
Ranking #80 – Eufaula, Alabama
Filled with rich history, Eufaula is located in Barbour County, Alabama. From museums, parks, lake life, and so much more, you could really unwind in this small town. Plus there is great food too.
Ranking #42 – Monroeville, Alabama
This southern town is located in Monroe County, Alabama. In addition, since so many well-known author authors have lived in Monroeville, it is known as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.” Also, Main Street is filled with lots of unique finds.
My hot take on small-town living. In life, there are pros and cons to everything. Heck, I grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida which I THOUGHT was a small town until I was dropped in the middle of a farm in Ohio. Now, that was a small town and I loved every minute of it. For me, it is all about balance.