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Quality of Life

Enjoy Life While Growing Your Career in Northwest Alabama

Northwest Alabama offers safe and affordable communities, natural beauty, and room to breathe while connecting you to the modern digital economy and providing easy access to the Southeast’s business and entertainment hubs.

High Quality, Low Cost of Living

Our overall cost of living is only 80% of the national average, while housing costs are sometimes as low as 70% of the national average. Our climate is near-perfect if you’re looking for temperatures that are “just right” while enjoying all four seasons. Traffic hassles are almost nonexistent compared to urban areas, and we enjoy easy, smooth access to them whenever we choose.

Lowest Cost of Living In Alabama


Lamar County


Fayette County


Marion County


Near-Perfect Moderate Climate


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Drive Times to Southeastern Destination Cities

  • Tupelo, MS
    40 minutes
  • Florence, AL
    50 minutes
  • Birmingham, AL
    1 hour
  • Tuscaloosa , AL
    50 minutes
  • Huntsville, AL
    2 hours
  • Montgomery, AL
    2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nashville, TN
    3 hours
  • Atlanta, GA
    3 hours, 15 minutes
  • New Orleans, LA
    5 hours, 15 minutes
  • Gulf of Mexico beach towns
    5 hours, 30 minutes

Great Schools & Family Atmosphere

Our school systems are among the best in the state, with several award winning institutions. Outside of the classroom provides opportunities for learning and fun, too. Organized sports abound, whether league competitions or individual pursuits. Our charming Southern Main Street communities host fun, annual festivals that are always a hit with families. In Northwest Alabama, you can enjoy some of the best outdoor experiences in the Southeast, from pristine hiking trails in the William Bankhead National Forest and exhilarating kayaking on the Buttahatchee River.

Freedom Fiber Benefits Companies & Remote Workers

Northwest Alabama has been a manufacturing powerhouse for decades, and dozens of global companies have operations here. Now, thanks to rural broadband, all of our residents and businesses can tap into the global marketplace.

Tombigbee’s innovative Freedom Fiber program is providing the highest-speed broadband access to thousands of homes in the region, making it easier to work and connect from home even while living out in our picturesque countryside.

Health Care Providers Keep Residents Well

Three hospitals serve our communities, Fayette Medical Center in Fayette, Northwest Regional Health in Winfield, and Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton. Our region is also home to numerous general practitioners and specialists focused on keeping residents well and mindful of their health throughout their everyday lives.