Sweet Home Alabama is home to some of the best places and people. We have it all—from cities to lakes to the Gulf, our state is buzzing with fan-fav destinations. As a largely rural state, Alabama has some gorgeous places to visit far from the busy-ness of city streets. Keep reading to find out more about the most rural counties in Alabama and what spots you should visit.
What makes a county rural?
Before we reveal the Alabama counties that made the list, let’s look at how Stacker decided which ones have 100% rural land in the state by using data from the US Census Bureau. A rural county is made up of land that isn’t an urban area. Qualifications of an urban area include:
- A densely settled area of census tracts or blocks
- 2,500 people living in the county
- 1,500 or more residents living in non-institutional buildings
Did your county make the list?
Now that we know why a county is named rural or not, here are the 13 Alabama counties that are 100% rural—that means there’s not a single urban area in the county:
Did you know these counties have some amazing places to visit?
With so few people, most Alabamians may not know a whole lot about what these places have to offer. Lucky you, we did some research and found some spots you need to check out in these rural counties:
- Wilcox: William “Bill” Dannelly Reservoir—a perfect spot for fishing and camping
- Perry: Aquatic Biodiversity Center— the largest state non-game recovery program in the US
- Sumter: Livingston Lake at the University of West Alabama
- Coosa: Flagg Mountain, which links Alabama to the Appalachian Trail
- Clay: Cheaha State Park
We hope you’ll be inspired to get out of the hustle and bustle and experience these hidden gems in our great state.
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