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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    C+
Muscle Shoals is a town in Alabama with a population of 13,874. Muscle Shoals is in Colbert County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Muscle Shoals offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Muscle Shoals there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Muscle Shoals and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Muscle Shoals are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$795
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Muscle Shoals Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    494.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    49.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    813.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,383.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    459.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Muscle Shoals

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,210
National
$55,322
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Muscle Shoals Reviews

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Muscle Shoals is a nice town and very close to Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. For the most part it is a pretty affordable area. There's not really any night life to speak of but it is only about a 15 to 20 minute drive to Florence which has things such as restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, and movie theater. Overall theres nothing extraordinary about the town or the area but its still a nice place to live.
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Muscle Shoals is an outstanding community full of people who care, appreciate and value secondary education. The community is great with pushing younger generations to succeed.
It is a very friendly community with safe neighborhoods, a great school system, affordable residence, and plenty of job opportunities.