Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama: Pelham

Population: 20,878
GreatSchools city score: 8
Median family income: $82,542
Housing costs as a percentage of income: 19%
County unemployment rate: 5.4%
Nearby city: Birmingham

This Birmingham suburb is home to the Alabama State Fair, where this summer, participants in the agricultural club 4-H showed off their rabbits and dairy goats in a livestock contest. While waiting for next year’s fair, kids can hike, bike, or ride horses at Pelham’s Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park.
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