Birmingham Among Cities for Cheapest Family Groceries

According to a new study done by Apartment Guide, Birmingham is one of the most affordable cities when it comes to shopping for groceries for the fam…

“Whether you call it a supermarket, grocery store, bodega, food mart or the corner shop, shopping for groceries is one of the biggest lines on any family budget. But prices for core grocery products fluctuate widely depending on where you live and what’s for dinner.

Factors like distance from distribution centers, cost of living, transportation and population help determine where a meal is pricey and where it’s quite affordable.

Being just an hour from the University of Alabama and two from Auburn University — the two historic Iron Bowl rivals — Birmingham is in prime SEC territory, tailor-made for throwing the best football parties. Fortunately, a trip to the grocery store to stock up on sandwiches, steaks and grilling essentials won’t break the bank, as it’s the most affordable city in the Southeast for supermarket shopping.

But Alabama’s largest city is more than just football (although some residents may not agree). The city can tout its own importance as an education hub, as the home of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University, with its acclaimed Cumberland School of Law.

And its impressive growth from a cotton and steel center to a modern economy for banking, transportation, telecommunications and healthcare has diversified its workforce and community.

Birmingham’s downtown has undergone extensive revitalization, as well, transforming into a thriving 24-hour district brimming with refurbished converted lofts and trendy restaurants, cafes and breweries.

In fact, both the New York Times and Washington Post have called the city out as a vital new food and cuisine scene for the New South. Downtown also hosts several key cultural institutions, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest of its type in the Southeast.

Stocking up on groceries isn’t the only category for affordability in Birmingham, with an average one-bedroom listing for $995.”

To see the breakdown on the score or how other cities ranked, you can see the full report here.

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