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Profile: Mid-sized city Location: Extreme northern Alabama, 15 miles south of Tennessee border Elevation: 644 Time zone: Central Standard Time
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Huntsville is a surprising and up-and-coming research, technology and high-tech manufacturing center in extreme north Alabama. It is known as the “Space Capital of America,” a role that started in the 1940’s when a U.S. senator brought famed German scientists, including Dr. Wernher von Braun, to a local U.S. Army arsenal to continue their work.
Today, NASA operates the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, and numerous technology and aerospace names Boeing, Teledyne, Lockheed Martin Northrup, LG Electronics, DIRECT TV, Sanmina, and Intergraph have large operations there. These industries have created a stable economy attracting a well-educated and well-paid work force, and the business and population base have naturally attracted a strong set of cultural and entertainment amenities.
The city itself is quite attractive; with mostly modern buildings in a wooded mountainous setting. Good neighborhoods spread south and into neighboring towns to the west, notably Madison. There are some older unattractive commercial strips belying its old South heritage to the north, but by in large the area is prosperous and it shows. Geographically the area is fairly isolated, but air service is improving. Some have complained that local infrastructure – roads, schools, hospitals – haven’t kept up well with growth, a predictable downside to the state of Alabama’s relatively low taxes and especially property taxes.
Surrounded by Appalachian foothills and 1,200-foot to 1,400-foot mountains, Huntsville is about 7 miles north of the Tennessee River Valley. The climate is humid subtropical with a continental influence mainly in winter. Summers are warm, still, and humid with thunderstorms every 1 in 3 days. Winters are cool with cold snaps alternating with warmer moist periods and occasional snow.
Interesting Facts about Huntsville, Alabama
As of 2014, Huntsville's population is 179,855 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.20 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Huntsville is $157,900. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.80 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Huntsville's cost of living is 3.10% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Huntsville public schools spend $11,013 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16 students per teacher in Huntsville.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Huntsville is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Huntsville jobs have Decreased by 1.44 percent.
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Ranked #226 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Huntsville's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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