Vestavia Hills, AL
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Vestavia Hills is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 34,688 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Vestavia Hills is the 13th largest community in Alabama.

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

Vestavia Hills is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Vestavia Hills is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vestavia Hills who work in management occupations (16.82%), sales jobs (13.37%), and healthcare (11.93%).

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

In addition, Vestavia Hills is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Vestavia Hills is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Vestavia Hills’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

"If you live in Vestavia Hills, you are going to have to drive to get to work," say area residents. At least that is what most Vestavia Hills residents do (91.28%). Vestavia Hills is primarily built for cars, and driving around town will bare this out. Shopping centers, parking lots, strip malls, and wide streets are what you'll find. Sidewalks? Sure. But not everywhere, and walking to most places can be downright scary.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Vestavia Hills use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Vestavia Hills‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Vestavia Hills. 67.87% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Vestavia Hills in 2010 was $51,797, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $207,188 for a family of four.

The people who call Vestavia Hills home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Vestavia Hills residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Vestavia Hills include German, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Vestavia Hills is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.