Best place to raise kids in Alabama: Theodore
Nearby city: Mobile
Median family income: $45,664
Theodore, a suburb some 15 miles from downtown Mobile, provides access to the waterfront and is about a 40-minute drive from Dauphin Island, where boating and fishing are available. The area also is home to the Theodore Industrial Park, a shipping and manufacturing area where chemical maker Evonik Degussa and other companies have operations.