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", 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, Vestavia Hills 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, Vestavia Hills really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Vestavia Hills 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.

One notable thing about Vestavia Hills is that if you need to go anywhere, you're going to have to drive. This is because Vestavia Hills is primarily built for cars, and if you drive around you will notice that there are lots of shopping centers, parking lots, strip malls, and wide streets. Commuting to work is done by car: 91.28% of people use private automobiles to get to and from work. Sidewalks? Not so much. In fact, trying to walk in certain parts of town may be a dangerous enterprise.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Vestavia Hills is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Vestavia Hills area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Vestavia Hills is a pretty powerful place. 67.87% of the adults in Vestavia Hills 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 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.