Helena in CNN Money Magazine's Top 25 places with
HELENA, Alabama - CNN Money Magazine has named Helena as one of the Top 25 best places with affordable homes for 2013.
The ranking posted this morning online listed Helena as 18th with a median home price of $138,842 and a median family income of $86,230. The only other Alabama city on the list was Millbrook, which was ranked 12th.
"This suburb of 16,000 calls itself the safest city in Alabama. Local boosters tout its hometown atmosphere, and its proximity to the shopping and services of Birmingham," the news organization said of Helena.
"Residents tend to gather in the town's historic center called 'Old Town,' where the Buck Creek Festival is held every year," the ranking continued. "Home prices have been on the upswing, but a dollar still stretches a long way. Three-bedroom starter homes can cost under $100,000, while a mintcondition five-bedroom home can go for around $300,000." Helena Mayor Mark Hall said in an e-mail today the ranking supports Helena's reputation as a good place to call home.
"Since Helena has consistently been ranked in other top places to live categories, it's great to see Helena in at #18 on the CNN Money most affordable places to live list. You can definitely get more quality housing for your money in Helena," Hall said.
"The ranking could also help boost home sales in the area, which is great. It was also good to see Pelham on the Best Places to Live list. This kind of positive attention is for good for both cities as it recognizes our residents' commitment to excellence and quality of life," he said.
CNN Money Magazine ranked Pelham as the 47th out of the Top 50 best small towns in America.
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