Just south of Birmingham, Hoover is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama. Its prime location and immense shopping center have made it a desirable option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to plenty of outdoor attractions and greenspaces as well as an active downtown.
Climate & Geography
Hoover is the largest suburb of Birmingham in Northern Alabama. Summers are long, hot, and muggy, and winters are short, wet, and mild. Residents can expect more rain than average and about 200 sunny days a year.
The city is built along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on hilly terrain, and it is surrounded by heavily forested areas.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Hoover is home to many outdoor attractions and recreation opportunities. Some of these include Moss Rock Preserve and Waterfalls, Aldridge Gardens, and Loch Haven Park. These locations are ideal for hiking, camping, sightseeing, and fishing. Not to mention, there are plenty of golf courses around the city as well.
Hoover is famous for the Riverchase Galleria, which is one of the largest shopping centers in the south and one of the largest multi-purpose centers in the U.S. Aside from this, the city has plenty of other shops, restaurants, and local businesses. Hoover is also minutes away from Birmingham, where residents can find even more amenities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Hoover is slightly higher than both the state and national averages because of higher housing costs.
Alabama is one of the most tax-friendly states in the nation. Social Security benefits, pensions, and military retirement plans are exempt from taxation. All homeowners who are 65 and older are exempt from state property taxes and are eligible for several other tax breaks as well. However, sales taxes are very high, and the combined sales tax rate in Hoover is 9.5 percent.
The Birmingham metro area ranks in the top 80 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
There are no hospitals in Hoover, but there are several hospitals in Birmingham that are rated high performing by U.S. News, including Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Additionally, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital is nationally ranked in six specialties.