Mountain Brook, AL
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Mountain Brook is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 20,590 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Mountain Brook is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mountain Brook really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mountain Brook perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.21 minutes getting to work every day.

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.