3 simple reasons to move to Baldwin County: Education, Business, and Lifestyle
We decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to our very own Baldwin County as a guide for those who are considering relocating to this beautiful coastal part of Alabama. Baldwin County is centrally located between two major cities: Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida, both important hubs connecting to the rest of the country via Port of Mobile, Pensacola International Airport, and Mobile Regional Airports.
Since 2000, Baldwin County has experienced a 30% growth in population. The county expects to continue this increase at a 3% rate annually. For a lot people, the reason for this migration is Baldwin County’s beautiful white sandy beaches, warm climate, and its Southern charm. Baldwin County continues to be one of top places to live as a retiree and Alabama’s #1 destination for tourism, but it has become a prospering place for a lot of people as well. For more information check out these fun facts about life and culture in Alabama.
As shown by 14% growth in public school enrollment, families have been increasingly choosing Baldwin County as a place to raise their children thanks to its prospering economy and good education opportunities. If you are a young couple looking for a new place to raise your family, the quality of public schools is probably one of the most important factors while making that decision. According to the nonprofit GreatSchools’ ratings, Baldwin County obtained a high rating in standardized test scores compared to the rest of the country.
30,000 kids out of a population of 200,000 currently go to the K-12 schools in Baldwin County. Baldwin County public schools spend $9,017 per student and there are about 15 students per teacher.The high school graduation rate is 84%, and 88% of all Baldwin County residents have a high school diploma or higher.
Baldwin County Public Schools invest in state of the art classroom technology. The local school system in Fairhope (where Truland Homes have a number of communities) is one of 15 school districts in the country to earn a “Magna” award from the American School Board Journal in 2007 for its progress in classroom technology. Furthermore, the county has 7 universities and 9 community colleges within a proximity of 50 miles.
According to a Monsterjobs.com report, Baldwin County rated very high as having a cost of living well below the national average. Compared to the rest of the country, the cost of living in Baldwin County is 3.80% lower than the national average. Home values and monthly home costs, mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel and other bills all remain below the national average. The median home cost in Baldwin County is $159,400. Home value appreciation the last year has been 5.70 percent. Furthermore, home appreciation is up 5.7% in the last 12 months, which shows that it’s a good time to buy in Baldwin right now.
Although the cost of living is low, Baldwin County consistently ranks above the national average for quality of life. The EASI Quality of Life Index of Baldwin County is 178, compared to the U.S. average of 100.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Baldwin County ranked #12 among the fastest growing communities in the U.S. With the influx of people moving in to Baldwin County, there is a consistent growth on the business climate as well. While the job growth rate is observed to be 30% in the last 10 years, the unemployment rate is 4.9%, compared to the U.S. average of 5.5%. 91,168 people constitute the labor force of Baldwin County. And there has been a steady income growth over the last ten years. Among all the cities of Baldwin County, the Alabama Policy Institute named Fairhope the most business-friendly city in the state.