A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$963
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%

Alabaster Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    396
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    3
    41
  • Robbery
    16
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    201
    1
  • Theft
    1,386
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    91
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,816
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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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!
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Alabaster is the best of both worlds of a small town and a suburb. We have historical buildings and a Main Street. We have community centers and small churches. We also have a bustling suburban area with stores such as Belk, Walmart, Target, GNC, Aldi's, Amstar Theatres, Dairy Queen, etc. You can also find small businesses such as Gigi's cupcakes, Home-plate cooking, Zou's kitchen, Alabaster Florist and more. We have events like fireworks at the park in July, remembrance services during Memorial and Veterans Day. We do city fest as we call it in June. Alabaster has plenty of trees, flowers, and parks. As I said the best of both worlds of suburban and small town life. Family friendly areas with decent education which is on the rise because we just became governed by our own city council and are building new facilities for education. Wonderful special education amenities here as well. Plenty of colleges only thirty minutes in any directions. Truly a wonderful place to live.
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.