Daleville makes list of 15 best places in Alabama to raise families


(WDHN) — Daleville has been named one of the best 15 places in Alabama to raise young families.

Seven indicators were used to rank cities that had 5,000 or more people. Some of the factors included median monthly housing costs, homeownership rate of families with children and unemployment rate.

The data used came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 5-year American community survey.

Daleville came in at the number 11 spot while Mountain Brook was considered the best place in the state to live with children.

“It was really, really exciting to hear that and find out that we were listed,” said Mayor Jayme Stayton. “We already knew it, you know, Daleville knew that this is the place to be, but I’m glad that’s it out there for other people to see that we made the list, not just in the wiregrass, but the whole state.”

Stayton said he believes the location to Fort Rucker and growth are among some of the top reasons why Daleville was chosen.

“The fact is that we’re still (a) small town,” Stayton said. “We are a city but we still have the small-town feeling, one-on-one with the people, good atmosphere, low crime. It’s just all that together just makes it the place to be in the Wiregrass.”

As mayor, Stayton wants to be professional about it but says that it feels really good to beat out the bigger Wiregrass cities.

“These bigger places have so much more to really offer as far as retail, and places to eat, and stuff like that,” Stayton said. “So, you know everybody just thinks that people want to flock there, but that’s not always the case. That hustle and bustle, that fast-moving, is not always what people want, you know, they want to slow down a little bit and sit on their front porch.”

And while Daleville will not be a bigger city, Stayton believes the city is growing.

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