What are the county’s best cities for millennials?

Several Birmingham metro area suburbs in Shelby County were recently named as some of the best in the state of Alabama for millennials, according to a national website.

Hoover, Pelham, Calera, Helena, Meadowbrook, Indian Springs Village and Chelsea all ranked within the top 25 of the Niche.com list, “2018 Best Places for Millennials in Alabama.” The list took into account each city’s number of millennial residents, job opportunities, access to bars and restaurants and affordable housing.

The city of Hoover, which is partially in Shelby County, came in at No. 6, with an overall Niche grade of A+ and an A in the “Good for Millennials” category.

Several reviews of the city noted its close proximity to college campuses, affordable housing and diverse array of restaurants.

“My spouse and I were very pleased to find Ridge Crossings Apartments, and it was even better that they were in our price range,” one review read. “We enjoyed being closer to our college campus, Sam’s and many more places we enjoy eating at.”

Pelham came in at No. 12, and had an overall Niche grade of A and an A- in the “Good for Millennials” category.

“Housing in our area is excellent,” one review read. “There are several large subdivisions that are perfect for young couples.”

Calera was ranked at No. 15, and received an overall Niche grade of A and an A- in the “Good for Millennials” category.

“Calera has a small town feel with the convenience of having the big city down the road,” one review read. “Living here, you are within 30 minutes of anything you need or imagine.”

Helena was placed at No. 17, and received an overall Niche grade of A and a “Good for Millennials” grade of A-.

“There is a First Friday every month (except winter months) that you can walk downtown and shop and visit with people, and there are vendors and food trucks also in attendance,” one user wrote.

The census designated community of Meadowbrook was placed at No. 19, with an overall Niche grade of A and an “Good for Millennials” grade of A-.

“There are constantly new businesses rising and fun things to do in and around this area,” one user wrote.

Following Meadowbrook, Indian Springs Village was ranked at No. 20. Indian Springs Village received an overall Niche grade of A+ and an A- in its quality of life for millennials.

The last local community on the list, Chelsea, came in at No. 22, and had an A for its overall Niche grade and an A- in its “Good for Millennials” grade.

“People are chill and it is easy to get to where you want to get to without much trouble,” one user wrote.

For more information about the best places for millennials in Alabama, visit Niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-for-young-professionals/s/alabama/.