60 reviews
  1. Suburb of Birmingham, AL
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    NG
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    C+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,200
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$985
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    117
    264
  • Murder
    3
    5
  • Rape
    29
    37
  • Robbery
    35
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    215
    575
  • Theft
    1,666
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    57
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,173
National
$53,046
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Alabaster Reviews

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I have lived in Alabaster for basically all of my life. I was in the school system from K-12. I am glad to see that we have our own school system and are building a much bigger high school. I am not sure that will help alleviate morning and afternoon traffic problems because the schools are already pretty close to each other on or near Thompson Road and the new high school is on Thompson Road too. But I do see that they have adjusted the lanes near the traffic lights and added more officers to direct traffic so it is a work in progress. I did not do many things in Alabaster, I worked and dined out mostly in Pelham and shopped in Hoover and went to church in Bessemer. However, last summer I had a seasonal job in Alabaster at the Y and that was very nice. I'm excited to see how Alabaster expands in the next decade so I can compare to now and track our growth!
I've lived here my entire life, but I've loved it! We have a great school system that's about to get even better because a new high school is being built. There's a lot of things to do close by. There's malls and restaurants and shops. There's a lot of park options and other fun activity places to go to. It is definitely a safe area. Overall it is improving and developing even more every day.
This community is close and active, hosting several events, City Hall at the hub of it all, that both enrich and cherish community members. One of the most successful and unique traditions in Alabaster is the Farmer's Market on the greens of the City Hall grounds. It has served as a great mixer for citizens, as well as opened the community's eyes to the healthy benefits of homegrown lifestyle. Mayor Handlon extends a warm welcome to all, serving as both a strong and friendly example of the type of citizen all should strive to be.