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Living a New urban/master planned Lifestyle in Hoover, Alabama

Hoover, AL is a wonderful example of a city that has used intelligent urban planning to achieve growth and civic success. The population is about 71,000. The Riverchase Galleria complex is a 2.4million sq.ft. mixed use hotel/shopping/commercial project that has been responsible for much of the growth. Hoover also has a minor league baseball team that plays at Regions Park. Hoover is noted for its many parks, its shopping, prosperous business environment, and plentiful recreation.  Photo of Hoover Public Library courtesy of Flickr and Wikipedia.  Photo of Riverchase courtesy of Wikipedia.

Where to Retire in Hoover and Home Prices

Hoover is a good place to settle post retirement because of it being a quiet city offering quality lifestyle to its citizens. The city has seen exponential growth ever since the opening of Riverchase Galleria shopping complex in 1986. Hoover offers various facilities like a public safety center, library and municipal center to its residents just like any big city. Great shopping complexes, nice residential complexes, good business community and best schools encourage many Americans to make Hoover their home. Hoover’s planned communities and residential places are located near the foothills of Appalachian Mountains.
There are several active adult communities and many other neighborhoods and developments in Hoover. (see links at right).  Homebuyers have different options to select from. The NAR reports the median home sale price in the Birmingham/Hoover area to be $254,300 during the 1st quarter of 2021.

What Is Special about Hoover

Hoover is home to the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast;  The Galleria has been a significant catalyst for growth;  the city now provides services from many large city facilities including a Municipal Center, a Library, and a Public Safety Center; there are a number of parks including Star Lake Park and Howard Lake Park;  Aldridge Gardens are a local attraction.

What Is Not Special about Hoover

real estate is fairly expensive in Hoover.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hoover is located south of Birmingham near the center of Alabama.  The average July high temperature is 91 and the average January high is 53 (the average low is 32). The wettest month is March (6").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Galleria has some cultural outlets like movie theatres; The Birmingham Barons play minor league baseball in Hoover; the Birmingham Library is active;  Samford University is in Birmingham;  there is an ABC TV station in Hoover.


According to, the crime index is way below the national average, making it a safe place to live after retirement.

Medical Facilities

There are at least 3 hospitals in nearby Birmingham.


2 interstates run through town, I 459 and I 65. Amtrak stops in Birmingham. Hoover is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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