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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C
Alabaster is a suburb of Birmingham with a population of 32,878. Alabaster is in Shelby County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Alabaster offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Alabaster there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Alabaster and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Alabaster are highly rated.
About Alabaster...
Population
32,878

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$170,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,029
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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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
    238.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    167.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,483.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Alabaster

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$78,071
National
$55,322
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Alabaster Reviews

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Alabaster is a suburb of Birmingham and is a family friendly area with parks, shopping, and great schools. The commute to Birmingham is not a bad one, especially since they are expanding the interstate to be conducive for travel. We have all the stores that your heart desires in town, and a short drive to more shopping centers. Fast food and sit down restaurants are abundant in our city, along with churches and grocery stores. There is nothing lacking in Alabaster, except maybe beaches, but they are a short drive away, as are mountains, and big cities. Alabaster is a very convenient location to raise a family.
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Alabaster is very communal. There are so many things to do in this town and the options are growing by the day. Having gone through the school system (K-12) I can honestly say that there is no other place I would have rather gone. The facilities are fantastic and the opportunities for students to get involved are out of this world. The town is big enough that it allows you to see new faces everyday, but you may also run into some familiar ones. Being a suburb of Birmingham, there is tons of diversity in food, religion, shops, etc. There is hardly any traffic that may delay your commute time, however you may run into a train or two. With so many shops, schools, and eateries there are job opportunities everywhere. We even have our own local hospital. The police here are wonderful.
From the grocery stores to the football games, there will always be people you know in Alabaster. Each of these citizens go beyond their expectations to give to the community, whether it be organizing a food drive to help the poor, bringing in local pumpkins at the church down the road, or giving out Halloween candy to the little pirates and princesses that appear at their doorway. The Alabaster community is also a big believer in family friendly festivals, Christmas spirit, the arts, and local business awareness. Each year, Alabaster has hosted City Fest, a music and arts festival for the whole family. Children enjoy long hours at the event's bouncy castles and obstacle courses, while adults kick back and chew on some well-deserved goodies. At night, the lights go down and the stage lights up as world-renowned musicians provide a free concert to the community. I am grateful that my community provides more for me than I could possibly imagine, and I hope to never leave.