Moving to Alabama

Are You Moving From or To Alabama?

If you’re moving to Alabama, there are a lot of things you’re going to need to know. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.

Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement. Alabama is a great state with a ton of history. Some of these towns and others look like they were made for movies. The city of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, now a museum, was a protest headquarters in the 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church and the Rosa Parks Museum, dedicated to the activist, can be found in the capital of Montgomery.

Alabama has an abundance of must-see attractions, including beautiful gardens, unique museums, and famous attractions in cities like Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Gadsden, Florence and Mobile, and many more.

Sandwiched between Mississippi and Georgia in the southeast of the United States of America is Alabama, and sweet home Alabama it may well become for you! Homely and cozy as the state may be, Alabama has a rich and varied history and is home to landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement to explore.

Birmingham is a city in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2021 population of 209,403, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama’s most populous and fifth-largest county.

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Pros and Cons of Living in Alabama

Here are a few pros and cons to consider as you make your move to The Cotton State:

Pros.

1. You are going to love the food in Alabama.
You haven’t experienced culinary heaven until you’ve had some grits that were made in Alabama.

2. You’ll have access to 60 miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast.
There are some excellent beaches just waiting to be discovered when you start living in Alabama.

3.The cost of living – Alabama is one of the cheapest states in the nation, with an overall cost of living well below the national average.

4.The weather – If warm weather is your thing, then Alabama will suit you perfectly.

Cons.

1. Cockroaches and Critters – With this being a hot, humid, southern state, this, unfortunately, means you’re likely to run into the odd roach or two.

2.Alcohol can be hard to come by – If you like a drink, then choose where you live wisely in Alabama.

3.Tornados and Hurricanes – Although Alabama has some beautiful weather, it can also turn pretty nasty at times.

Tax Rates

The Alabama (AL) state sales tax rate is currently 4%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 11%. Sales tax is a tax paid to a governing body (state or local) for the sale of certain goods and services.

Housing Market

Alabama’s housing market was off to a fast start before the coronavirus pandemic hit, According to the Alabama Association of REALTORS, November home sales in the state increased 23.3% year-over-year (Y/Y) from 4,635 to 5,713 closed transactions. Following seasonal trends, sales decreased 17.1% from October. Statewide home sales are now up 11.9% year-to-date.

Median Household Income: $58,000
Median Home Price: $177,900
Median Monthly Rent: $1,145

What Should I Know In 2021?

Economy Outlook

The state of Alabama has invested in aerospace, education, health care, banking, and various heavy industries, including automobile manufacturing, mineral extraction, steel production, and fabrication.

In 2020, Alabama’s economic output contracted by more than $5.2 billion, or 2.7 percent, due to the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s economy is expected to rebound by 2.6 percent to $200 billion in 2021, as the economic impact of the pandemic recedes.

Nonfarm employment is projected to rise by 1.5 percent in 2021, reversing the 3.4 percent decline seen from September 2019 to September 2020. Manufacturing employment is expected to rise 1.9 percent, after a 1.2 percent decrease that was observed during the twelve months ending in September 2020.

The Alabamian rural economy challenges the traditional view of a dependency on cotton. Although cotton has continued to be of local importance, it suffered a heavy blow with the onset of the boll weevil blight in 1915, and acreage has continued to decline.

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Traffic & Transportation

Alabama sits at the heart of the fastest-growing region in the U.S., and the state has the logistics infrastructure to help the region keep growing. Alabama’s transportation infrastructure allows worldwide connectivity: six interstate highways, 3,700 miles of railroad tracks, 92 airports, 1,300 miles of commercially navigable waterways, and a deep-water seaport that is one of the nation’s busiest.

Although railroad transportation, as elsewhere in the United States, has suffered a relative decline in Alabama, bus, truck, and airline traffic have increased in the state. Interstate highways link Alabama’s major population centers and connect the state to the national highway system.

Interstates

  • Six interstate highways
  • 75,000 miles of paved public roads in Alabama
  • Lead to 160 metropolitan areas

Cost of living

The general rule of thumb is rental housing costs should not account for more than 30 percent of your gross monthly income. In some places, however, that’s becoming increasingly difficult as home prices continue to increase and rental costs climb.

You’ll need $39,920 a year, or $3,326 a month, to afford the median rent in Alabama ($998) and adhere to the 30 percent threshold guide. That’s the 48th lowest salary needed in the U.S., behind only Arkansas ($38,120), Oklahoma ($38,000), and West Virginia ($35,520.)

Birmingham, Alabama’s cost of living is 9% lower than the national average. The cost of living in any area can vary based on factors such as your career, its average salary, and the real estate market of that area. Birmingham has grocery prices that are 4% lower than the national average. Healthcare in Birmingham is 16% lower than the national average.

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Things to Know When Moving To Alabama

Alabama Climate

The state of Alabama is classified as humid subtropical (Cfa) under the Köppen climate classification. The state's average annual temperature is 64 °F (18 °C). ... Alabama generally has very hot summers and mild winters with copious precipitation throughout the year.

Employment

Alabama's unemployment tax rates are unchanged for 2021, ... Tax rates range from 0.65% to 6.8% and include an employment security assessment of 0.06%.

Real Estate

Homes right now are going on the market in Alabama at a median price of $110 per square foot, versus $134 per square foot nationwide.

Average Income

As of Jan 27, 2021, the average annual pay for the Average jobs category in Alabama is $53,786 a year.

Industries

Industrial development in Alabama is historically rooted in the iron and steel industry of Birmingham.

Crime Rankings

All the safest cities are below Alabama's violent crime rate of 5.2 per 1,000, but five are above the national rate of 3.7. 95% of the safest cities are below the state property crime rate of 28.2 per 1,000, but four are above the national rate of 22.0

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Posted by Henry Blok
November 3, 2020
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