Mountain Brook, AL
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Mountain Brook is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 20,691 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mountain Brook is the 30th largest community in Alabama.

Mountain Brook home prices are not only among the most expensive in Alabama, but Mountain Brook real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Mountain Brook is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mountain Brook is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mountain Brook who work in management occupations (17.77%), sales jobs (14.61%), and legal occupations (12.31%).

Also of interest is that Mountain Brook has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Mountain Brook is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Mountain Brook is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Mountain Brook a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Mountain Brook has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Mountain Brook’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Mountain Brook spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.21 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

If knowledge is power, Mountain Brook is a pretty powerful place. 84.65% of the adults in Mountain Brook have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Mountain Brook in 2010 was $66,906, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $267,624 for a family of four.

The people who call Mountain Brook home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mountain Brook residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mountain Brook include German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Mountain Brook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.